ABBOTTABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani has said that hard times will be over in next six months and people will see the fruits of the real change that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had promised.

This he stated while speaking at a ceremony held to distribute Umra tickets, motorbikes and laptops among journalists at the Abbottabad Press Club on Saturday evening.

Mr Ghani said the PTI government had inherited multiple problems which had weakened the country’s economy.

The speaker said some elements were trying to paint the bleak picture of the country’s state of affairs to create panic like situation because the the government had stopped the ways and means of corruption and was trying to bring back the looted national wealth from abroad.

He insisted that Prime Minister Imran Khan had exposed the previous rulers’ wrongdoings.

Mushtaq Ghani said that accountability process started in KP was now being expended to entire country. He said hundreds of thousands of acres of land had been vacated from illegal occupants.

Regarding price hike, Mr Ghani said teams would be formed in all the districts comprising elected representatives and people from different walks of life to check the artificial price hike. He said a large number of investors from abroad, including Pakistani nationals, were contacting the KP government for investments for which they would be facilitated through a one-window operation.

On the occasion, provincial food minister Haji Qalandar Khan Lodhi said that a mechanism was being evolved to have uniformity in the rates of food items in the entre province, and directed the deputy commissioner to withhold the rates of food items fixed a few days ago which, according to him, were not based on the reality and did not benefit the common man.

MNA Ali Khan Jadoon in his speech lauded the role of media and said that positive criticism of government policies was also helpful. He said he would be working for the uplift of people by taking all stakeholders on board.

Later, draws were held for the successful winners of Umra tickets, laptops and motorbikes. Insurance policies were also handed over to 15 journalists, premium of which is being paid by the press club.

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2018