Tourism police’s first batch passes out – 05 Jan 2023

CM hits back at Centre over criticism of province’s law and order situation

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has criticized the policies of the federal government, saying that the current law and order situation in K-P is the result of federal government policies.

He said that the federal defence minister is a non-serious person who is criticizing K-P’s police and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) just to cover up their incompetence and injustice. The chief minister noted that police force is fighting on the front line and making it the target of criticism is unacceptable.

He was addressing a gathering on Wednesday during his day-long visit to his home district Swat where he attended as the chief guest in the passing-out parade of the first batch of K-P Tourism Police and distributed shields amongst the police personnel who achieved top positions in the training.

He also attended and addressed the prize distribution ceremony of the Sports Festival 2022-23 which was organized by the elementary & secondary education department.

He also laid the foundation stone for the Khapal Kor Nursing & Health Science College which is being established under Khapal Kor Foundation.

The provincial government has provided a grant of Rs150 million for the project.

The chief minister also performed the groundbreaking of paraplegic centre in Barikot. The project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs1.38 billion which will consist of a 110 bed ward, 40 private rooms, physical therapy OPD, pathology lab, pharmacy, pediatric rehabilitation unit and other allied facilities.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of the nursing college, the chief minister said that free educational facilities will be imparted to orphan students. He added that his government has been working for the welfare of the vulnerable segments of society as per the vision of chairman PTI Imran Khan.

He said that Imran Khan has gone all out to help the vulnerable segments of society. Shaukat Khanam Hospital is no doubt a landmark achievement in this regard. Besides, he launched Ehsaas program under which multiple welfare measures have been initiated.

At the passing-out ceremony of the first batch of tourism police, the chief minister congratulated 173 police personnel and hoped that they will play proactive role in facilitating tourists in the province.

The chief minister said that introducing tourism police is a unique initiative, with the purpose to provide a peaceful, safe and conducive environment to the tourists.

He made it clear that the tourism police will be different from the traditional police, adding that its basic responsibility is to protect tourists at tourist destinations.

Touching upon the other tourism related initiatives, he said that the provincial government is working to develop tourism as an industry. The steps undertaken by his government to this effect will not only attract national and international tourists towards the scenic sites of the province but also create employment opportunities for the local people.

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