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PTI govt to launch ‘Education City’ project: Asad
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:42:16 AM »
PTI govt to launch ‘Education City’ project: Asad
Peshawar : September 12 :  Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Asad Qaiser Wednesday said the government would launch the “Education City” project as part of the education emergency declared by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the province to enhance literacy ratio.
Addressing as chief guest at the launching ceremony of the book “Khama ba Jush” written by known columnist Fasihuddin Ashraf, he said 5,000 kanals land would be acquired for the “Education City” on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway. The land would be provided free-of-cost to those seeking to establish educational institutions, he added.
The book launching ceremony was presided by Dr Shafiullah Khan. Among others, Home Secretary Syed Akhtar Ali Shah also attended the event.Asad Qaiser said various countries including China, Japan and Korea had expressed willingness to invest in education sector in the province. He said universities all over the world would be invited to invest and support the PTI’s initiative to promote education in the terrorism-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that under the education emergency programme the government had increased the education budget by 70 percent to raise it to Rs66 billion. He said that working groups set up in various ministries would complete their work in 10 days for undertaking reforms in the government departments.
Asad Qaiser said he would hold a meeting with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to discuss the “Education City” project and other matters related to the promotion of education.
He said the industrial sector in the province had been adversely affected due to the ongoing militancy and poor law and order situation. He reiterated his government commitment to revive the industrial sector.
The Speaker said he was aware that extortion chits were being sent to the businessmen. He sought their help to enable the government to identify and nab such elements.


He said for the fist time in the parliamentary history of Khyber Pakhatunkhwa the government would soon introduce an ideal Accountability Bill in the provincial assembly comprising of strict laws to curb corruption. He said under the new accountability act, all law offenders and corrupt elements would be held accountable irrespective of their status and power.


He said that for the first time the PTI government had introduced Right to Information Act and any person can get information about any government functionary within two days.


He said the provincial government would soon hold the local government elections and devolve power at the grassroots level. He said the development funds would be given to local bodies’ representatives for carrying out work in their respective areas.


He felicitated Fasihuddin Ashraf for his writings and launching of his book and assured his government’s support for arranging such events in the future.


Fasihudin, who is a senior police officer presently serv, said it was the first collection of his columns written in 2011. He said he also included in the book his columns of 2012 about Balochistan. He said his work is based on education, research and information for the readers and they are the best judges to evaluate his writings.


Associate Prof Taj-Ud-Din Tajwar of the Superior Science College Wazirbagh, Peshawar, said the book was collection of research articles, profile interviews travel diaries, published in various newspapers.


He said the book comprising of 96 writings mostly based on every-day problems, patterns of rulers and inability of the government functionaries to deliver. Some of the articles focus on his personnel experiences, favourite teachers, research and history of Pakhtuns.
Noted columnists, writers and intellectuals including Younas Qiyasi, Saadullah Jan Burq, Dr Nazir Tabassum, Asif Nisar Ghayasi, Dr Zahirullah Zahir, and Prof Zahir Shah Zahir presented papers or made comments at the event.The news.
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