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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer project...

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer project not only for Pakistan and China but for the economic uplift of the entire region. He hoped this historic project would guarantee the bright future of the peoples of the region. He further said PTI led KP government was planning actively to include Central Asian Countries (CARs) in the CPEC as the project will connect the central Asia through Wakhan strip. He said his government has completed all homework and preparations in this regard, stressing all the stake holders to play their role in making CPEC related projects a success story. “Launching of different programs for learning Chinese and Pakistani languages are also essential for both the people for their progress and prosperity, , he added. The Chief Minister while terming the opposition, hue and cry against the proposed Education Services Act in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as unjustified and immature, made it clear that this proposed act has no linkage with privatization of educational institutions but instead it was a program of making institutions of higher education completely autonomous that would enable our colleges and universities to solve their financial and administrative problems at district and local levels instead of passing these problems to the provincial government. He however regretted that negative propaganda campaign has been launched against this act though it has yet to be presented and debated upon at the proper forum that is the provincial assembly or provincial cabinet. He reiterated his government pledge not to make any decision against the public welfare. There would be no decision going against public welfare and national interest. He was addressing the joint send off ceremony of Chinese language and giving performance grants to different colleges of the province at local hotel Peshawar. The function was also addressed by Provincial Advisor for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani, Secretary Higher Education Syed Zafar Ali Shah and Special Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Baig who highlighted the program and steps for improving the higher education and promoting Chinese language in the province in backdrop of the CPEC activities. On this occasion, the Chief Minister gave admission letters to 200 students of higher education in different sciences for six months Chinese language course in three major universities of Shanghai, Shandong and Harbin. Pervez Khattak expressed the confidence that the nominated students would attain education and learn Chinese language and would be the Ambassadors and representatives of Pakistan especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He hoped that they would respect the local laws of China culture and civilization with the spirit of introducing their own as well. He said it was high time for our students and skilled persons to learn Chinese language in wake of the large scale investment of Chinese entrepreneurs in different sector of trade and industry. He said provincial government has also planned for exchange programs of students in China to get skills in various trades of technical education. He deplored that the federal government tried its level best to keep our provincial government in dark on CPEC issue but he himself took notice of it and not only brought projects over here but he also led a delegation of experts and arranged Beijing Road Show in China wherein hundreds of MoUs were signed with Chinese investors and institutions. He said that the time has come to harvest the fruits of these MoUs and endeavours of the provincial government by converting them into agreement. Pervez Khattak said that focus of his provincial government was on promotion of the quality education because it was the only way leading to national prosperity. Unfortunately, he said, Pakistani nation lagged behind in the quality education and we had to take concrete steps for the rectification. He further lamented that the opponents did not see the reforms in the government’s institutions including the education sector undertaken by his provincial government but KP in fact was continuously marching towards change of minds and a silent educational revolution. He said his government ended the centralization of powers and adopted devolution of both powers and resources to the lower level that was the ample proof of our sincerity towards solving the permanent solution of the problems of people at local level. He said provincial government has to legislate and monitor the government affairs while the development process must be controlled by the local government bodies and hence we have cherished our this mission by introducing best local government system of the world. Pervez Khattak assured the students proceeding to China for learning Chinese language that provincial government would never leave them at the mercy of the local conditions but a government representative of their own, would be there to solve their every problem at local level. Chief Minister while defending the proposed educational act made clear that every college would have its own board of governor consisting of the local retired professors, educationists and scholars to decide matters locally. He said this would not harm any segment of society rather more incentives and facilitations would be made available to them. Hence opposing this educational act and instigating the students for protests before tabling it for legislation in the provincial assembly and bringing it to the consideration of the KP government was quite unjustified and uncalled for, he concluded. ====