Category Archives: Development and Welfare Projects

Mufti Mehmood Flyover Completed (finally)

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Pensioners Facilitation through Pension Cards

Pilot Project : Electricity generation from waste/trash

Industrial revolution: K-P govt lures entrepreneurs to invest a promised $1.2b

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After a successful investment roadshow in Dubai, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has attracted pledges worth over a billion dollars for the province.

International investors from across the globe have inked $1.2 billion letters of intent (LOI) in energy, housing, oil & gas, solar and tourism sectors. This was stated by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Board of Investment Vice Chairman Mohsin Aziz during a press conference at CM House on Friday. Plans are also afoot to generate electricity through surplus gas.

Khattak said, “In light of recent talks with the federal government, the K-P government has made plans to generate electricity from surplus gas,” Khattak said. If the province is given this opportunity, it could produce about 700 megawatts of cheap electricity which would be used to boost industry. According to the CM, he went with a 29-point agenda into the talks which were received positively.

However, he conceded entrepreneurs were reluctant to invest in the province due to geographical disadvantages. “Unless facilities and relief are granted to investors, the dreams of industrialising K-P cannot materialise.”

Khattak recalled granting incentives to industrialists in Gadoon when he was the industries minister. “It led to the establishment of scores of units,” he said. Khattak added now K-P authorities would give concessions on electricity to industrialists.

A roadmap

Satisfied with the recently held K-P Investment Road Show in Dubai, Khattak said the initiative would prove to be an important milestone. He said a number of entrepreneurs had pledged their investment in different sectors.

Khattak said industrialisation could help the PTI government combat economic problems, especially unemployment and poverty. Due to his engagement in the Senate polls, Khattak could not attend the Dubai road show which was inaugurated by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The provincial government’s team was led by Aziz. Other members of the team included Industries Minister Ziaullah Khan Afridi and Minister for Education Muhammad Atif Khan. “Foreign investors have signed 12 letters of intent to invest in the tourism sector whereas around $200 million was pledged for the energy sector,” said Aziz

“FMG, a leading mineral company from Australia, showed interest in investing in Chitral, while four letters of intent, amounting to some $800 million, were signed for investment in the housing sector,” added the investment board chief.

Aziz said the presentation made during the show in Dubai was prepared after eight months of hectic efforts. He said the presentation proved there were attractive investment opportunities in K-P.

“I am a man of crisis and I love crises,” Aziz quoted an investor from Ukraine as saying when the latter was told of the law and order situation.

In response to a question, Aziz pointed out crime in Congo was worse than K-P, but entrepreneurs from all over the world do business there.

Investor friendly K-P

The chief minister touched upon the subject of a proposed oil refinery. “An investor has visited the site and now land is being requisitioned according to his will and planning.” He added the K-P government was determined to provide necessary assistance to the investor as he is plans to pump in a massive $200 million. Khattak dispelled the impression that corrupt practices were rampant in K-P. “My government is different from the previous ones,” he said. “Neither the CM nor any of the ministers are demanding kickbacks.”  He expressed his satisfaction over the Board of Investment and Trade’s performances. He thanked Aziz for holding a successful show in Dubai. Khattak claimed there would be widespread foreign investment and industrialisation if Imran Khan becomes prime minister of the country.

Khattak said the Centre has assured all liabilities and arrears owed to K-P would be cleared in the coming months. He claimed some of these dues would be cleared in the first week of March.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2015.


New contractor takes reins of Mufti Mahmood flyover

PESHAWAR: The government has handed a fresh contract worth Rs53.5 million to Messrs Karkun Construction Company via an open tender for the stalled Mufti Mahmood flyover, now scheduled to be completed by February 2015.

While construction has already begun, the bridge connecting Peshawar Central Jail and Bacha Khan Chowk remains far from complete. The project was initiated by Messrs Skyways Construction Company in 2011 with an estimated cost of Rs1.8 billion.

However, with several government-set deadlines passing by, the project still remains in the pipeline.

Talking to The Express Tribune, personal secretary to the minister for local government Muhammad Iqbal said Messrs Skyways’ tender has been suspended over their failure to meet deadlines.

K-P government issued another tender on October 23 and awarded a new contract to Messrs Karkun.

Iqbal added funds will be issued to the new contractor in view of its performance.

“Messrs Karkun will complete the remaining work within four months,” claimed Iqbal, adding that the project will solve traffic problems substantially.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2014.

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Achievements of KPK Govt (Official Presentation)

A detailed KPK Govt OFFICIAL published presentation listing out the various achievements of the KPK Govt since being elected into power. Our website (kpkprogress) highlights most of the news related to these achievements grouped into various categories.

  • Significant ones:
    • 57% public satisfaction (top of the list)
    • 25 new bills (RTI, RTS, Ehtesab Bill, etc.)
    • Police reforms (online FIR with statistics, Schools of Intelligence and Investigation)
    • Record Revenue Collection of 32 billion as compared to 11 billion in the last year
    • Change from most corrupt province in 2010 to no reported corruption in 2014 (Transparency International Pakistan)
    • Child School Enrolment program resulted in 300000 new enrolments
    • Education (IMU, Hiring of 16000 new teachers)
    • Infrastructure (Peshawar Mass Transit ground breaking expected in Dec 2014)
    • 900 Trafic Wardens trained to be on roads in September 2014
    • And others (Environment, Sports, Power, Tourism, …)
  • Available here:
  • Alternate link to download: 234434087-KPK-Achievements

Stipend for unemployed Masters degree holders in KPK

Widow and Special Persons Welfare

21-02-2014: The Government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Deserving Widows and Special Persons Welfare Foundation

17-12-2013: Guzara Allowance of 1000 vs 30,000/month for widows and disabled. Steps needed for a welfare state

List of Development Projects

  • Khud Kafalat scheme with an initial allocation of Rs2 billion,
  • Msaadra scheme with Rs01billion,
  • Roshni Scheme involving Rs300 million,
  • Skill Development Programme with Rs100 million,
  • Early Child Care Education with Rs325 million,
  • stipend for girls of backward districts with Rs100 million,
  • increasing sports facilities in schools with Rs100 million,
  • introduction of uniform curriculum and medium of instruction,
  • adopt a school project,
  • independent monitoring unit for schools inspection,
  • fast track standardisation of schools,
  • free emergency in all government hospitals,
  • providing free treatment for critical illness with allocation of Rs.300 million,
  • construction of Hydel Power Station at Matiltan costing Rs24 billion with electricity production capacity of 84 megawatt,
  • hydel power station at Lavi costing Rs20 billion with capacity of 63 megawatt electricity,
  • construction of 356 micro hydel power stations costing Rs4.8 billion giving 356 megawatt electricity and
  • the introduction of e-government and setting Data Center costing Rs349 million.

Full report here: