Dr. Aamir Abdullah, the caretaker minister for Industries, Commerce, Technical Education, and Integrated Districts Affairs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, engaged with a visiting delegation from the Cantonment Institute of Management Land Administration in Lahore. The meeting took place at the Civil Secretariat, Peshawar, and was led by Rana Rafiq, the institute’s director. Other members of the delegation included additional director Zufishan Manzoor, deputy director Arshad Khan, and officers under training of the Central Superior Service at the institute, including Dr. Waseem, Javed Ali, and Hasan Abbas.
The discussion during the meeting encompassed various areas of mutual interest between the caretaker minister and the delegation, which sought to gain insights into the professional responsibilities and services provided by the departments under the care of the minister. Dr. Aamir Abdullah also shared the historical context of the merged districts and the government’s efforts in the post-merger period to enhance construction and development in these areas.
He highlighted the transformation of these districts, which were once governed under the FCR Act, into integral parts of the country, emphasizing the importance of equal rights, citizenship, and development opportunities for the people living in these regions. The government’s endeavours to fulfill the development aspirations of the merged districts were discussed, including approved projects under the Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP) and the Annual Development Program (ADP).
Dr. Aamir Abdullah acknowledged the challenges and commitments following the merger, with the promise of development funds yet to be fully realized. He underlined the government’s dedication to addressing these challenges and the establishment of a dedicated ministry within the caretaker government for the merged districts.
The delegation was provided with a comprehensive overview of the various sub-institutions under the Department of Industry, Science, and Technical Education, which included the Management Company, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education, Trade Testing Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade, and Shuhdai APS University of Science and Technology. The presentation emphasized the interconnected nature of these institutions, which collectively support industrialization, skills development, and investment promotion.
The visiting delegation considered their meeting with the caretaker minister as highly significant, providing valuable insights into the Department of Industries and the adjacent districts.