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Issue of terrorism: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Centre on the same page: Asad Qaiser

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that on the issue of terrorism the KP and federal governments are on the same page. He was addressing a reception held in his honour by the PTI Punjab here on Friday. On the occasion, all the party's provincial leadership, including PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhary, were present.

The KP Speaker was of the view that through a dialogue with the tribal leaders the issue could be resolved; 'dialogue' is only way to restore peace in the country. "In the past, military operations never concluded with peace; in fact after the operation the government will have to sit on the negotiation table," he added. He told the party leaders and workers that when they took over the government in KP, they inherited a collapsed system. "KP is the frontline province on war against terror and hence it faced the worst kind of terrorist activities, which had a severe impact on its economy and law and order situation," he added.

He pointed out that KP is the most difficult province in Pakistan to govern, but the PTI government has managed to bring positive changes in minimum time. He said the PTI took steps to improve situation in KP: firstly police reforms were introduced to improve law and order situation. "For the first time in Pakistan, the KP government ended political interference in the police department. Moreover, the KP police are imparted modern training and its pay has been made equal to other provinces. Also, anti-terrorism cell had been formed, which is going under special training and will be functional soon," he added.

According to him, drastic changes have been made in health sector, all medicines in hospital emergencies have been made free of cost and all tests of heart, kidney and sugar have been made free. Moreover, revolutionary steps are being taken to improve the education sector. When the PTI came in government, 14,000 teachers were missing in schools and in this month vacancies of 14,000 will be fulfilled so that children can get education. A record number of innovative bills have been tabled in the KP Assembly, including accountability bill and right to information bill, right to services bill and right to conflict of interest bill.

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