World powers urged to set aside political motives for Afghan solution

PESHAWAR: Calling for peace in Afghanistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday said international forces would have to set aside their political motives to find out permanent solution to the decades old conflict.

Talking to students and faculty members of Balochistan’s different universities here, the CM said international forces used Afghanistan for their own gains before leaving it in the lurch.

“International forces should stop funding extremists and terrorist organisations,” said an official statement while quoting him as saying.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had suffered due to the porous Pak-Afghan border.

CM says KP suffered due to porous Pak-Afghan border

The CM said KP was the soft target of enemies and therefore, the provincial government called for border management, which made a big difference with improved security situation in the province.

He said his government was fulfilling its part of the responsibility under the 20-point National Action Plan and that was recognised at the national level.

Mr Khattak said the provincial government had set up the counter-terrorism department and Police Training School and depoliticised the police so that their weaknesses couldn’t be exploited by the enemies.

He said the nation needed a sincere and sagacious leadership, which should depoliticise the service delivery system as both were concomitant to steer the country out of the myriad of problems.

Appreciating the inter-provincial study tours, the CM said such trips gave an opportunity to learn from each other experiences.

He said the government pinned high hopes in the youths for the country’s better future and that substandard education system was the root cause of all ills in society.

Mr Khattak said the political elite kept talking about the welfare and prosperity of the people but they had a cognitive dissonance with mismatch between their words and actions.

He said his government had focused attention on the promotion of education by declaring educational emergency right from the primary to higher education levels, doubling the education budget, and improving primary and higher education facilities.

The CM called upon the educated youths of Balochistan to make their rulers realise the importance of education for progress.

He said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan suffered heavily but they had a bright future due to the CPEC project and related activities.

Mr Khattak said the western route of the corridor was realised by the combined efforts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and that it was the most reasonable, successful and shortest route.