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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is fast becoming the land of opportunities.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is fast becoming the land of opportunities. CPEC converted the otherwise unfeasible province into the more attractive and feasible destination for the investors, he added. He was addressing the IT Youth Summit here at local hotel in Peshawar today. Chairman PTI Imran Khan also addressed the gathering. The Chief Minister spoke out his mind on the bright future of the province in the backdrop of CPEC, adding that there are reasons to believe that bad and non transparent governance, loot and plunder, existing of unnecessary gate-keepings in the provision of NOC to the investors, commission and uneven playing field were the key elements hindering the rapid development of this province, therefore what he did, was to uproot all the elements obstructing the growth and development, he added. Pervez Khattak said he was at loss to understand why this province was laggard when it has all the resources and advantages required for expeditious development of any nation. He attributed the present mess and backwardness to the bad governance, commission mafia, un-necessary gate-keepings for NOCs, redtapism and self-centric approach of the previous rulers. Chief Minister said he inherited a weak system and inefficient institutions but he alone appreciated the IT department adding that PTI had an agenda to focus on the future generation equipping them with the modern day education because investors are landing and the industries are coming to the province. It was during his Chinese visit that he concluded dozens of MoUs with the highest ranking government run industrial concerns. On the basis of what he learnt in China, he directed different public sector entities back in the province to prepare projects for selling out to the Chinese and other foreign investors. He reminded that the incentives and attractions, his government had given, was unparallel and unmatched in the history of the province and these attractions allured the investors to invest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s natural advantages and get more return. Pervez Khattak said that investors would never risk their investment in a lawless destination and where corruption and irregularities were rampant. Therefore, what he did, was first to work on law and order situation and there is considerable improvement now. We eliminated corruption through legislations and made the government open and transparent. These are the steps that made Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the most attractive destination for the investors. He assured full security to the investors and their investment. Chief Minister said that his government was working on the establishment of 17 economic zones throughout the province but reminded that industries in these economic zones would be based on the availability of raw material there. He also reminded his government gave 13 leasing documents to the potential investors for cement plant through and open and transparent mechanism and the whole process was witnessed by the media. Such transparent steps had never been taken by any government in the past, he challenged. It was a glaring opening and we are the trend setter in the transparent governance that we started from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and would be extended to the whole of the country after the next general elections that PTI would win with clear cut majority. Pervez Khattak said his government has already announced 600 scholarships for the youth to get IT and modern education in China and the number would exceed 1000, he added. His government wanted skilled manpower for the industrialization, for, 11 technical training centres have been given to air force and the rest would be run by Chinese companies for which MoUs have been signed and formal agreement would be made. We wanted skilled manpower and our efforts would result into producing such manpower that would not run after jobs but jobs would run after them. He called upon the youth to learn Chinese language that would facilitate their interaction with the Chinese investors in their industrial concerns, he concluded. ========