KP, Scot­land agree on pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The gov­ern­ments of Scot­land and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa have agreed on pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion in dif­fer­ent sec­tors in­clud­ing en­ergy, health, IT, education, lo­cal gov­ern­ments, min­er­als and tourism. Con­sen­sus in this re­gard was de­vel­oped dur­ing a de­tailed meet­ing be­tween the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa del­e­ga­tion headed by KP As­sem­bly Speaker, Asad Qaiser with the Scot­tish Chief Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­gen and Speaker Madam Terisa Mar­vic.

A del­e­ga­tion of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa is presently on the visit of Scot­land. The del­e­ga­tion is com­prised of Se­nior Min­is­ters, Shahram Khan Tarakai, Inay­at­ul­lah Khan, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary, Dr. Haider Ali, Education Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Atif Khan, Min­eral Min­is­ter, Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli and MPAs Sar­dar Au­rangzeb Nalotha and Nighat Orakzai. On this oc­ca­sion, the Scot­tish Chief Min­is­ter ap­pointed his Min­is­ter for Ex­ter­nal Affairs, Hamza Yousaf as fo­cal per­son for fur­ther pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion with work­ing groups of dif­fer­ent KP de­part­ments. Dur­ing the meet­ing it was also de­cided to de­clare Pe­shawar and Ed­in­burgh as sis­ters cities and ini­tial process in this re­gard was started with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and work on all for­mal­i­ties was for­mally ini­ti­ated.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the Scot­tish Chief Min­is­ter and Madam Speaker strongly con­demned ter­ror­ist at­tack on Bacha Khan Univer­sity, Charsadda and ob­served one minute si­lence over the tragedy. The Scot­tish Chief Min­is­ter and Speaker ac­knowl­edged the match­less sac­ri­fices of the peo­ple of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa in the war against ter­ror­ism. The meet­ing also stressed the need of the ex­change of del­e­ga­tions and re­mained highly suc­cess­ful. On this oc­ca­sion, the par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa headed Speaker Asad Qaiser also vis­ited the par­lia­ment of Scot­land and ex­pressed deep in­ter­est in it.

Mean­while, Chair­man, KPCCI Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Rail­ways and Dry Port and Fron­tier Cus­toms Agents Group (FCAG), Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi has as­sured all pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion to Fed­eral Board of Rev­enue (FBR) in con­nec­tions with the es­tab­lish­ment of Aza­khel Dry Port. He was briefing the Chief Col­lec­tor (North) Sar­wat Tahira Habib dur­ing her visit to Aza­khel to re­view the es­tab­lish­ment of the pro­posed Aza­khel Dry Port at Aza­khel the other day.

Oth­ers who ac­com­pa­nied the Chief Col­lec­tor were in­cluded Col­lec­tor, Cus­toms, Pe­shawar, Qur­ban Ali Khan, Ad­di­tional Col­lec­tor, Chief Col­lec­torate, Is­lam­abad, Aye­sha Wani, Ad­di­tional Col­lec­tor Cus­toms, Pe­shawar, Fazal Sa­mad, Deputy Col­lec­tor, Dry Port, Zakir Mo­ham­mad Khan, Deputy Col­lec­tor, Adeem Khan, Deputy Col­lec­tor, Anti-Smug­gling, Ali Asad, Su­per­in­ten­dent, Dry Port, Aziz-urRehman Khat­tak and other se­nior of­fi­cials of Pak­istan Cus­toms.

He wel­comed the de­ci­sion of the Col­lec­tor Cus­toms, Pe­shawar, Qur­ban Ali Khan re­gard­ing the op­er­a­tional­iz­ing of Aza­khel Dry Port. How­ever, he said that the Cus­toms Agents will be ready for it af­ter the pro­vi­sion of all kind of fa­cil­i­ties at Aza­khel Dry Port. He said that Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa was be­stowed with nat­u­ral re­sources and the largest num­ber of the in­dus­tries of mar­ble, gems, hand­i­crafts, fur­ni­ture, honey, herbs, car­pet and matches are in the prov­ince and fa­cil­i­ties were pro­vided in the ex­ist­ing dry port then th­ese goods will be ex­ported from it. He said that the es­tab­lish­ment of Aza­khel Dry Port was the long stand­ing de­mand of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Fron­tier Cus­toms Group and urged the Fed­eral Board of Rev­enue (FBR) to come for­ward and talk to Pak­istan Rail­ways in ef­fec­tive man­ner and be­side pro­vi­sion of fa­cil­i­ties at Aza­khel also start the clear­ance of Afghan Tran­sit Trade from the same dry port and not only earn large scale rev­enue for Pak­istan Rail­ways, but also for the FBR.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Chief Col­lec­tor (North) Sar­wat Tahira Habib ap­pre­ci­ated the briefing of Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi re­gard­ing tak­ing of prac­ti­cal steps for the es­tab­lish­ment of dry port and prob­lems faced by the im­porters and ex­porters. She while agree­ing with his pro­pos­als said that the FBR is ready to is­sue no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of the pro­posed Aza­khel Dry Port Cus­toms Sta­tion.

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