PESHAWAR : NWFP Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti has said that his government is fully aware of the needs of health and education despite facing insurgency and challenge to internal security.
He expressed these views during a meeting with eight members’ delegation of Pak-Turk which met him under prominent politician, educationist and former Minister Mrs. Isilay Saygin here at his office on Monday.
The Chief Minister said that major portion of resources had been utilized in war against terrorism, but resources had also been hold back for education and health. Moreover the government was following the policy of extending every sort of assistance and support to people serving for promotion of education in the province.
The Chief Minister lauded the educational services of Pak-Turk Education Foundation in Peshawar and other cities of the country and said that his government and people highly valued the services of the foundation adding that the provincial government will provide every sort of assistance to foundation for extending these services.
He said that cooperation in education sector between the two brotherly countries is the sign of Pak-Turk friendship and opportunities in business, industry, and culture sectors are available for further strengthening of relations between the two countries.
The Chief Minister added that the first phase of survey of damages in terrorism affected areas has been completed and activities regarding repairing, rehabilitation and construction of devastated educational institutes are underway.
He said that the government is working on seven years developmental planning in which more funds will be allocated for promotion of education.
Members of the delegation expressed sorrow over terror incidents in the province and said that Turk people had also faced terrorism adding that education and awareness is central to its complete elimination.
The NWFP Chief Minister was apprised that one school each in Peshawar and Khairpur, three in Islamabad, four in Lahore, two in Multan, three in Karachi and two schools in Quetta are working under the foundation which provide primary, secondary and higher education facilities to Pakistani students. Moreover, opportunities of education in Turk universities to Pakistani students through scholarships have also been provided, he said.
Ameer Haider Hoti was further informed that 90 Turk students are currently studying in Peshawar University , Islamia University and other educational institutes. Members of the delegation yearned for further extension in their educational facilities in Peshawar .
The Chief Minister thanked them and assured full support on behalf of the provincial government.
Other members of the delegation included; Chairman of the Foundation Mr. Unal Tosur, MD Fasih Celik, Regional Director Osman Ozpinar, Educationist Mr. Mesut Bozkir, Mr. Serhat Demir and others. Provincial Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Arifeen was also present on the occasion.