Sunday, July 13, 2014
PESHAWAR(dawn): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Iranian governments on Saturday agreed on better cooperation in different economic sectors, including solar and hydel energy, oil and gas, education, health, agriculture, livestock and tourism, and exchange of delegations for it.The agreement came during a meeting between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Iranian consul general in Peshawar Hassan Darveshvand at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here.
Special assistant to the chief minister Mohibullah Khan, additional chief secretary Khalid Pervez and energy secretary Sahibzada Mohammad Saeed were also in attendance, said a handout issued here.
The chief minister said his government was committed to maintaining friendly relations and cooperating with neighbouring countries.
CM says experts of two sides meeting soon to explore ways to go along
“We’re keen to promote cordial relations with all neighbouring states for peace and development in the region, which is poor and backward,” he said.
Pervez Khattak said Pakistan and Iran had friendly relations, which would grow stronger in future.
He said the provincial and Iranian experts would soon examine the possibilities of cooperation in different sectors and if it was necessary, he would visit Tehran for the purpose.
He said bilateral cooperation in different sectors for development would bear positive and far-reaching impact and would help bring the people of both countries closer.
Mr Khattak said after assuming the office, he not only ensured legislation to promote all sectors of economy but also fixed clear targets for departments, which were now pursuing those targets.
“We are ready for joint work with Iran in any sector of mutual interest. It is the requirement of the region to go forward together,” he said.
He said the successive governments claimed to work for the people’s welfare but did nothing tangible for it.
The chief minister said the region desperately needed restoration of peace for development and therefore, his government was making every possible effort for the purpose.
“Without peace, development can’t take place,” he said.
He said the government was also striving to ensure elimination of corruption and optimal use of resources.
“We’ve closed all doors of corruption for good, while fair and judicious distribution of resources is being guaranteed,” he said.
Talking about proposed reforms in health and education sector, he said shortage of medical staff, equipment and other facilities in all government hospitals had been removed, while provision of quality medical facilities to patients had begun.
Pervez Khattak said the government had introduced a uniform education system in the province to provide equal opportunities to the children of both rich and poor people.
He also highlighted the progress in other sectors and said his government would like to benefit from the expertise of Iran in this respect.
The chief minister said after consultations and identification of sectors was over, departmental meetings would be called to discuss and finalise ways and means to promote cooperation and relations between the province and Iran.
He also said he was satisfied to see relations between Pakistan and Iran grow with the passage of time.
Pervez Khattak stressed the need for making the bilateral resources, development, experience and manpower more beneficial for each other.
Later, gifts were also exchanged.
Published in Dawn, July 13th, 2014