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Afghan situation poses security risk to KP: Khattak

Bureau Report 2014-04-01
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday said there were significant risks associated with peace and security for the pmvincial government during the current year due to developments in Afghanistan.

`Concrete steps against corruption and the maximum transparency in the government machinery have started yielding fruit as it besides the people of this province, has also restored the confidence of international community and donor agencies in the development policies of PTI-led coalition government in the province,` he said during the strategic dialogue (donor conference) on development partnership framed by the provincial government for donor countries and agencies in Islamabad, says a handout issued in Peshawar.

The chief minister said he was confident that the collective wisdom backed by technical expertise of the development partners, civil society, sustained political will and donors` commitment would provide necessary inputs for achieving successful results under the eight outcomes of Strategic Development Partnership Framework (SPDF).

He said his government would achieve the outcomes vis-a-vis peace building and rule of law, economic growth and job creation, basic health, elementary and secondary education with additional focus on skills and technical education, gender equality, enhancing fiscal space, transparency and accountability and improved citizen partnership.

`Development is impossible without peace,` he said.

On the occasion, finance minister Sirajul Haq, health and agriculture minister Shahram Khan Tarakai, provincial chief secretary Shahzad Arbab and additional chief secretary Khalid Pervez highlighted development strategies of the provincial government, while the missions heads, country directors and representatives of 22 donor agencies, including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID, USAID, GIZ, KSW, Swiss DevelopmentCooperation,UNDP,JICA,AUS AID, EU, Norway, Canada and Netherlands, appreciated the policies of change and transparency in public sector institutions and the provincial government`s anti-corruption measures and development partnership with donor agencies. They assured the provincial government of full support and assistance in its human development efforts.

They praised the chief minister for reforms and good governance and said the provincial government had wisely switched its policies and priorities from material development to human welfare.

The chief minister while thanking donor agencies for generous support and assurances in furthering developmental strategies of his government said efforts were underway to revamp local police and security forces besides providing them with the latest equipment to address security risks.