Premier appreciates socio-economic development in NMDs

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – August 7, 2021
PESHAWAR: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan was briefed, on Friday, about prevalent security situation, ongoing stabilisation operations, fencing along Pakistan-Afghanistan border and socio-economic development projects being undertaken in the newly merged districts (NMDs).

According to a press release, the premier along-with the chief of army staff (COAS) general (Gen.) Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Peshawar Corps headquarters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Upon arrival, PM laid floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument.

PM Khan was also apprised on various contingencies planned to tackle the evolving security situation along Pakistan-Afghanistan international border.

He expressed his satisfaction over the efficacy of Pakistan’s comprehensive border management regime and the pragmatic measures being taken to ensure effective border control and internal security.

PM Khan lauded security forces for providing enabling environment for completion of socio-economic development projects in the NMDs of KP which are vital for enduring stability and sustainable progress of the area.

The PM also appreciated the formation for its dedicated assistance to civil administration during COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, locust, anti polio campaigns and tree plantation drive.

Later on, the PM visited the residence of Ali Mardan, a Mughal-era symbol in Peshawar.

The historic building was built in Peshawar by Ali Mardan Khan, a famous general, engineer and governor of Kashmir, Kabul and Lahore during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan.

The building is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture, it was one of the most beautiful buildings of its time.

Prior to 2015, the building was in ruins due to neglect.

In 2015, the archeology department began its restoration work, which has now been completed.

The PM visited the building and appreciated the work of the archaeological department.

“We must preserve our cultural heritage and make future generations aware of our glorious past,” PM Khan said.

The governor and chief minister of KP accompanied the premier.