PESHAWAR, August 16: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet in a meeting held here on Tuesday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair reviewed the overall law and order situation in the province and expressed satisfaction over the measures taken by police and security forces for safeguarding the lives and property of the people. The meeting besides the cabinet members was also attended by the Provincial Chief Secretary, IGP, Additional Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue and Administrative Secretaries of various Government Departments.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information & PRs Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif while briefing media persons about the decisions of the cabinet meeting at ITLA’A Cell informed that the law and order situation arising out in Swat a few days back was effectively tackled owing to the timely measures adopted by the law enforcing agencies under the personnel supervision of the Chief Minister. “We assure the masses that there is nothing to worry as the provincial government will maintain its writ in the province at all costs and no compromise would be made on the solidarity of the country, safety of the people as well as maintenance of peace”, he remarked. The news about deteriorating law and order situation in the social media, he said, is totally false and fabricated. The ceasefire with TTP is intact and a good omen as no major incident has occurred after that which may lead to mistrust between the two parties, he observed. He further said that there are some groups which are inimical to the TTP’s peace accord and their involvement in the terrorism related incidents in the province could not be ruled out. Barrister Saif further informed that the cabinet approved enhancing the minimum rates of wages as Rs. 26000 per month for different categories of workers working in all government industrial establishments of the province with effect from July 1, 2022, as per announcement of the Chief Minister on the floor of the house during the budget session. As regard, non-governmental industrial units, the cabinet decided that the matter may be decided by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minimum Wages Board. He said the Provincial Government under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was fully aware of the hardships faced by the labor community owing to the existing price hike and taking all possible measures within the ambit of the available resources to provide relief to the downtrodden segment of the society. – PR