Peshawar, August 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): Like other parts of the country, 67th Independence Day of Pakistan was also celebrated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with national zeal and spirit and renew pledge to make this restive region a land of peace by eradicating the menace of terrorism, extremism and militancy.
The main function of the Independence Day was held in Police Line of Provincial Metropolis Peshawar where Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health and Spokesman of the Provincial Government, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai was the chief guest on behalf of the Chief Minister.
He along with the Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Muhammad Anees, IGP Ihsan ghani and other high ups of civil and police force hoisted the national flag in a simple but impressive ceremony.
Addressing on the occasion, Yousafzai maintained, despite celebrating the 67th Independence Day, this region was facing severe threat of terrorism, extremism and militancy. He added that the police force was giving matchless sacrifices for this land and it was due to its sacrifices, that this land was safe.
He while encouraging the police, extended whole hearted support to it on behalf of the provincial government and the entire nation. He said that we all were with it on all odd hours. He hoped that the day was not far, when this region would become a land of peace with the sacrifices of the nations and the security forces.
The Health Minister on this auspices occasion announced that a treatment in all the state-run hospitals would be completely free from August 15, 2013 and recruitments of doctors, paramedics and nurses on adhoc basis would be started from August 16 this year to overcome the shortage of doctors and other staff.
He said that doctors and other staff would be available in all the district and tehsil hospitals as well as in the RHCs and BHUs by 16th September 2013. He reiterated his pledge that commitment of PTI of ensuring better health facilities to the people on their doorsteps would be materialized in letter and spirit.
The spokesman continued that Almighty Allah, besides giving special geographical importance to Khyber Pakthunkhwa, also bestowed it with numerous natural resources. He said, besides huge potentials of oil and gas, there was a capacity of generating 24 thousand megawatt electricity.
He, however, said that there was a dire need of lasting peace and conducive environment to attract maximum investments adding that we were focusing on this very important issue to put this restive region on the track of progress and prosperity.
Yousafzai asserted that reformation of government departments and institutions was in progress as per commitment of the PTI of corruption free and exemplary government in the province. Similarly, policies for about all sectors were in the final stages hoping that it would yield positive results as per aspirations of the common man, he concluded.
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