PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Friday said the government was well aware of problems being faced by people of merged tribal districts, and taking practical steps to resolve problems.

The chief minister said this while addressing a public gathering in Khar, the main town in Bajaur tribal district, during his daylong visit to the area.

The chief minister said educational institutions of merged tribal districts were being upgraded, whereas second shift in schools on need basis would be started to promote education. He said a meeting on regularisation of contractual employees in projects in merged districts will be held soon and a positive outcome is expected.

Mahmood Khan said work on feasibility study of Barang tunnel was in progress to provide easy access to Swat Motorway, whereas the notification regarding upgradation of Bajaur District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) to Category-A hospital would be issued soon. The chief minister also directed the Board of Revenue to submit proposals for establishment of another sub-division in Bajaur.

Turning to political issues, the chief minister said that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the alliance of 11 opposition parties, is a group of corrupt elements that is trying to hide their corruption and malpractices. He alleged that this group has plundered the country with impunity and now they are trying to divert attention of people from their corruption.

The CM made it clear that Prime Minister Imran Khan has straight away denied them any type of reconciliation relating to their corruption. He said the government believes in ruthless accountability to bring back public money looted by corrupt elements.

The chief minister during his visit also inaugurated newly established 132-KV Khar Grid Station and performed ground-breaking of Sub Jail Khar.

Six SEZs to be set up across KP

Mahmood Khan said the KP government will construct six Special Economic Zones (SEZs) across the province to boost trade and economic activities.

Chairing a meeting about establishment of economic zones in Peshawar on Friday, the chief minister said the government has made all necessary arrangements for this purpose which will provide 300,000 jobs to educated youth.

Mahmood Khan said the future of KP is linked to industries which yield positive results to strengthen the economy.


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