There’s a question bubbling around many minds, ”If you, a voter, haven’t voted for the PTI before, why would you vote for the PTI in 2018?”
This is the question which is being asked to the nation. So, I would like to use facts and figures to provide people the necessary material they require to answer this question. Now, as Ronald Reagan once said “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things”
Let’s see how has PTI fared in KP:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s economy has grown at the fastest rate among all four provinces of Pakistan, says Dr Hafiz Pasha. Pasha stated this finding in his newly published book ‘Growth and Inequality in Pakistan’.
ccording to Dr Pasha, former Finance Minister and husband of Punjab’s current Finance Minister, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Punjab has stood at second place behind KPK in terms of economic growth.
Overall, Punjab contributed the most to Pakistan’s GDP, sharing 54% of it, Sindh stood at second place with 30% contribution in economy while KPK and Balochistan were 3rd and 4th with 13% and 3% contribution to the national GDP respectively.
The province hit with terrorism and instability managed to grow fastest in terms of economy. KPK saw a growth of 5.1% in financial year 2016-17 as compared to 4.9% growth it had in year 2008. Most of the growth was contributed by remittances that people of the province received, the author says.
The transport for trades through the province also contributed to the economic growth of the province. KPK remained close to a 5% growth rate during the past 15 years which is the highest among all four provinces.
Punjab stood second behind KPK with a 4.6% economic growth rate during the last fiscal year. Punjab’s economy grew at an average rate of 2.9% from 2008 to 2013. After 2013, it managed an average of 4.6% growth in economy.
According to the book, Punjab’s economic progress was mainly due to the region’s strong agricultural growth. However, the book also states that structural problems are becoming a hurdle in the way Punjab’s agricultural sector.
Tourism, is the next multi-billion rupees industry of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the number of domestic and International tourists visiting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have massively increased, 63% increase in Tourism was recorded in Galiyat 1 year back, the provision of basic facilities like Camping Pods in Thandiani, Sharan, Bishigram and Kumrat, opening of Government Rest houses for public, eliminating NOC condition for foreigners and better communication has led to an increase in the number of tourists and ultimately increasing the employment opportunities for the locals leading to a decrease in Poverty. KP Government is developing 4 new tourist resorts every year!
The rise is forecasted to increase enormously after the construction of Swat Motorway, which will reduce the journey time to the entire Malakand Region!
KPK has almost 37,000 Schools. 5,000 of them are without boundary walls. KP Government had a 3 year plan of putting all the missing basic facilities in the 37,000 schools which included Boundary Walls, Toilets, Clean Water, Furniture, 6 Classrooms for Primary Schools, etc. Now the priority has shifted to finishing the Boundary Walls in all schools within an year about Rs. 1 billion has already been allocated to the department with a promise of additional funds as per requirement of each school.
KPK Govt has also pledged to spend Rs. 11 Billion on Security Arrangements in Schools. Expenses will include Equipment and Training of School Staff. The Threat Levels to each school has been categorized in three slabs as Low, Medium and High. All the schools are getting uniform security arrangements as per their threats level.
The arrangements include an 8 Feet High Boundary Wall, Razor Wires, CCTV Cameras, Armed Guards, Jersey Barriers, SOS Alert service, Alarm Systems and PODs (Professor on Duty) according to their needs.
The KP Government has again requested in writing to the Federal Government to return the FC to the province to control the No-Man Land between the Tribal and the settled area.
KP Police already sensed this threat and were already preparing for it and that is precisely the reason that they initiated police training schools like the School of Investigation, School of Tactics, School of Intelligence and Specialized training to the Elite force for Counter Terrorism. All these training schools are operational and law enforcement personnel are being trained.
Counter Terrorism Police Unit in KPK getting professional training to be fully equipped to combat Terrorists.
KP Government has close liaison with National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to ensure timely intelligence and response in case of an ongoing or a perceived threat.
Police Patrolling has been increased and Citizen Watch Committees have been erected to watch the Neighbourhoods.. Children of the last attack are being treated in all Hospitals and we only have two remaining victims who are presently admitted in LRH and are undergoing treatment.
CM KP has announced that in case of an injury that cannot be treated within the country, the Government of KP is willing to bear all the treatment expenses of these children abroad to ensure the best possible care for them. (This was announced for a child suffering from Nerve Injury after the attack at APS).
KP Government is also keeping a close liaison with Public to implement any suggestions or ideas.
KP Government has decided to name the schools after the martyred child in the native districts of Shuhadas.
. A major Roundabout in Peshawar will also be named after the Shuhadas of APS.
Archives Library will be renamed after Shuhadas’ names.
A conference room in the Provincial Assembly has already been renamed after Mrs. Qazi, the shaheed principal of APS.
KPK Govt orders to terminate illegal Afghanistan Mohajirs from all Govt & private jobs.
To counter terrorism and improve security of the people and public property, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has enacted three special laws within a short time:
Restriction of Rented Buildings Act
The KP Restriction of Rented Buildings Act 2014 requires the landlords renting their properties to do so only after proper background verification and provision of sureties by the tenant. The law further requires the landlord and tenants to get registered with the concerned police stations after submitting their particulars. Failure to do so is a cognisable offence and involvement of tenant in any terrorism activities in such a case entails vicarious liability for the landlord as well.
Restriction of Hotel Businesses Act
The KP Restriction of Hotel Businesses Act 2014 requires all hotels, inns, motels and rest houses to get registered with the concerned police station and to ensure provision of guest lists to the local police station on a daily basis. The law makes it mandatory for the hotel management to record complete particulars of each guest and verify their identities and to inspect the baggage of each guest.
Security of Sensitive and Vulnerable Establishments and Places Act
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Security of Sensitive and Vulnerable Establishments and Places Act 2014 requires the owners/management of public and profit making private establishments to make appropriate security arrangements for the safety of such establishments and places. Based on the target hardening theory, the law aims to make it mandatory for all such public and private places to perform their social responsibility. This law makes it mandatory for the police force to regularly check these establishments for ensuring the implementation of its objectives.
In order to effectively check terrorism-related incidents, the KP police have sought permission for allowing them direct access to phone intercepts, NADRA database and FIA’s database on travel history besides provision of necessary equipment and software for boosting its intelligence gathering capabilities!
KP Govt has issued a provincial ban on all hate, sectarian and extremist literature as well as radical speeches. District police officers have been requested to form vigilance committees to eradicate the dissemination of books, pamphlets, CDs and other similar material which could be disruptive to provincial peace.
The Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province has surpassed its target by restoring and planting trees in 350,000 hectares of degraded forest landscapes.
aunched in 2015 by Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, the Billion Tree Tsunami aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in the mountainous, formerly forested KPK province in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The campaign simultaneously helped KPK province fulfil its 348,400 hectare commitment to the Bonn Challenge – a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. This marks the first Bonn Challenge pledge to reach its restoration goal.
“The project is naturally restoring a previously deforested landscape, which will assist in meeting present and future needs and offers multiple benefits for climate adaptation and mitigation in a very climate-vulnerable province,” says Muhammad Tehmasip, Project Director of the Billion Tree Tsunami.
The project has achieved its restoration target through a combination of protected natural regeneration (60%) and planned afforestation (40%). In addition, it has established 13,000 private tree nurseries, which have already boosted local incomes, generated thousands of green jobs, and empowered unemployed youth and women in the province.
“IUCN congratulates the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on reaching this momentous milestone. The Billion Tree Tsunami initiative is a true conservation success story, one that further demonstrates Pakistan’s leadership role in the international restoration effort and continued commitment to the Bonn Challenge,” says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN.
The planted trees are reinforcing riparian embankments in important catchment areas, including along the banks of the Indus, Kunhar and Swat rivers. The project has also added tree resources to agricultural lands currently engaged in farm forestry, improved biodiversity by restoring wildlife shelters, and will contribute to CO₂ sequestration through new tree plantations.
In support of the Billion Tree Tsunami, the KPK government invested US$ 123 million in funding and will allocate an additional US$ 100 million to maintain the project through June 2020. This support makes the project one of the largest eco-investments ever made in Pakistan.
Restoration is also gaining important national support. In 2016, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the Green Pakistan Programme, with a goal to plant over 100 million trees in the country. Additionally, Pakistan made a national pledge to the Bonn Challenge in May 2017 to complement the existing KPK commitment – pledging 100,000 hectares during the first Asia Bonn Challenge High-level Roundtable in South Sumatra, and helping the Bonn Challenge cross the 150 million hectare milestone.