PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was informed on Friday that all Jamia mosques across the province would be solarised in phase wise manner.

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Akbar Ayub Khan informed the legislature that Rs5 billion have been allocated for solarisation projects in financial year 2021-22.

Replying to cut motions of the opposition members of KP Assembly on the Planning and Development and the Administration Department, Akbar Ayub Khan said that the solarisation of mosques was appreciated by people as now they are getting free electricity.

The minister said that when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came into power contribution of KP was 10 percent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and now it is 15 percent with $40 billion which is reflecting excellent planning and development by the department concerned.

Akbar Ayub said that Rs2 billion would be spent on development and beautification of Peshawar. He said Chief Minster Mahmood Khan visited chamber of the opposition leader and assured him to give a positive consideration to demands and suggestion of the opposition lawmakers in development schemes.

The minister said the provincial government on the directives of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had decided to compile a digital diary of vehicles in use of various departments and in projects to stop misuse by government officials and elected representatives. He told the House that renovation and repair work in FATA House would be completed in two months after which accommodation would be given to members of KP Assembly from merged districts.

Pak-Afghan trade

Special Assistant to KP CM on Industries and Commerce Abdul Karim Khan Friday said Pakistan was taking all required steps for the promotion of bilateral trade with Afghanistan and removing hurdles in this regard.

This he said while talking to a delegation of Afghan industrialists and traders in Peshawar. industrialists and traders from both sides stressed need for the utilisation of their expertise. Afghan industrialists highlighted their problems and said that they were ready for payment of any kind of tax, and called for the protection of their properties and issuance of work permits to them.

Abdul Karim Khan assured that problems faced by Afghan businessmen would be resolved immediately.

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