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  1. 1. Information, Department was established in 1984. Prior to 1984 the functions of the Department were being exercised by the Services and General Administration Department, Home Department, Local Government and Governor House. FUNCTIONS: 1. Publicity. 2. Public Relations. 3. Government Hospitality. 4. Newspapers, books, magazines, pamphlets, posters and printing presses. 5. Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979. 6. Administration of Press Laws including Press Censorship. 7. Production and distribution of films and documentaries of general or educational interest in consultation with Department concerned. 8. Protocol 9. Service matters, except those entrusted to S&GAD. 10. Tourism. 11. Sports. 12. Culture. 13. Museums Archives (ancient Manuscripts and Historical Records). 14. Libraries. DIRECTORATES AND SUB OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT Directorate of Information, NWFP, Peshawar. Directorate of Public Relations, NWFP, Peshawar. Directorate of Sports, NWFP, Peshawar. Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, NWFP, Peshawar. Directorate of Archives & Libraries, NWFP, Peshawar. Directorate of Culture, NWFP, Peshawar. Sarhad Tourism Corporation, Peshawar. FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION NWFP PESHAWAR. To enlighten the general public about developmental works initiated by the Government; Projection of Government Policies; To keep liaison between the Government and the press; To keep Government abreast of the public demands, complaints and grievances published in the press; Mobilization of audio-visual means and mass media in favour of the Government policies; Operation of press law; Promote cohesion, integrity and solidarity among the people and provinces of Pakistan. To organize special publicity campaign through media to project NWFP; To arrange press conferences intermittently, for the Governor and Provincial Ministers incharge of the Department so that they could spell out their programmes effectively; ACHIEVEMENTS The Directorate of Information is headed by the Director Information assisted by Deputy Director, 10 Assistant Directors, 24 Information Officers and 8 Assistant Information Officers.
  2. 2. 2. Four Assistant Directors are working at the Headquarters Office while six Assistant Directors are heading six Divisional Information Offices. The Information Officers/ Assistant Information Officers are working as field staff. 3. There are three Superintendents and auxiliary staff in the Headquarters and the Divisional Offices. Aims and Objectives: i. To enlighten general public about policies and developmental projects and welfare plans of the Government. ii. Projection of the Government and its VIPs through print and electronic media. iii. Public Relationing of the Government with the general masses through the media, for which purpose also to keep liaison with media. iv. Implementation of Press laws. Functions: i. Issuance of Press Releases and Handouts/ Photographs. ii. Coverage of the functions of the VIPs, Ministers and other Government functionaries for the Print as well as the electronic media. iii. Release of Government Advertisements to Print media. iv. Organizing Press Conferences for VIPs/Ministers. v. Arranging inter-provincial tours of the journalists, if any. vi. Planning publicity and projection of developmental activities of the Government Department. vii. Checking of obscene literature/censorship, if any, of the Print media particularly the newspapers for which screaning of newspapers/books is necessary. viii. Demands/complaints published in the newspapers brought in the notice of the VIPs, Ministers and the relevant Department for redressal of the same. ix. Last but not the least, preparing a daily ^Into-pulse" to determine the trend of the print media and the Political parties as well as the general public on various national and international issues etc. Achievements: i. Department has also managed to conduct a gallop survey in order to obtain the factual report about the circulation/popularity and sale position of the newspapers in the market. This survey will help in ranking the newspapers particularly for issuance of advertisements and their judicious distribution. ii. This Directorate has also started Intb-pulse which is regularly prepared and sent to the Provincial Governor, Corps Command/ Provincial Ministers/Chief Secretary and other VIPs. The Info-Pulse was started under the directive and guidance of the then Secretary Information Mr. Abdullah during 1991 who is now the Chief Secretary, NWFP. Future Plans: i. This Directorate has prepared a "Media Policy", keeping in view the new Media trends and establish a closer liaison between Masses and Government. A summary in this respect is being submitted to the Provincial Government for approval. ii. The Department intends to Computerize Directorate of Information. A case in this regard is in process. FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF SPORTS NWFP Promotion of Sports in the Province by providing playing facilities such as Sports Stadia, Gymnasia, Squash Courts, indoor Games Hall, Swimming Pools, etc. at Tahsil, District and Divisional Level.
  3. 3. Coordinating activities of sports organizations, providing them financial assistance and Coaching of the youth. Coordinating inter schools and inter colleges sports activities. Holding of inter-district, division & Provincial Tournaments. Arranging inter-provihcial sports competitions and conducting international matches. Arranging special people sports festival. To impart training through coaching camps. FUNCTIONS OF THE YOUTH AFFAIRS Advise the Government on plans and programmes for youth welfare. Organize Youth activities at the Provincial level. Promote youth activities in the private sector. To coordinate with the Federal Government m the Youth Affairs Division to promote the activities of the Youth. To organize inter-provmcial as well as international youth exchange programmes with the collaboration of Federal Government. ACHIEVEMENTS The Provincial Sports Department have provided a number of playing facilities at the Provincial, Divisional and District Headquarters in NWFP. The playing facilities provided during the period of present regime are as under: - • Hockey turf at Bannu Hockey Stadium. • Improvement/renovation of Sportsmen Hostel at Bannu. • The construction work at Bannu Sports Stadium is in progress and will be completed during the next few months. • Sports complex at Kohat consisting of Cricket, Football and Hockey grounds is in progress and will be completed shortly. • Tennis courts at Peshawar. • Badminton Hall at Mardan. During the last few months, a number of players from NWFP have represented Pakistan in different International Sports competitions. Some of the players who have played for Pakistan in senior/junior teams in International Sports competitions are as under:- 17 a. Cricket: Arshad Khan, Wajahatullah Wasti, Younas Khan, Kabir Khan, Yasir Hameed, Shehr Yar Khan, Muhammad Naeem & Mian Adnan. b. Squash: Mansoor Zaman, Farukh Zaman, Arshad Iqbal & Majid Khan. c. Volleball: Abdur Rahim, (Captain Pakistan Senior Volleyball team.) Sajid Ali, (Captain Pakistan Junior Volleyball team.) Muhammad Tufail, Muhammad Shahid, Bakht Risal, Naveed Iqbal & Muhammad Tariq. d. Basketball: Sarfaraz Khan, Imran Khan & Haris Khan. e. Hockey: Naveed Iqbal f. Athletic: Muhammad Shah g. Football: Gohar Zaman 3. The Directorate of Sports NWFP is regularly organizing Inter District, Inter Division and Inter Provincial Youth competitions for boys and girls. Besides, Pakistan level tournaments and Sports Festival for Special people have been
  4. 4. organized. Tournaments held during the period of present regime are as under-a) Intet Division Youth Tournaments (Male) S.# Discipline Venue Date 1. Volleyball Bannu 7-9 Oct. 1999 2. Basketball Kohat 11-13 Oct, 1999 3. Wrestling DIKhan 14-16 Oct, 1999 4. Athletic Peshawar 4-6 Nov, 1999 5. Squash Abbottabad 14-16Nov,1999 6. Weight Lifting Mardan 13-15 Jan, 2000 7. Badminton Mardan 13-15 Jan,2000 8. Hockey Peshawar 16-18 Jan, 2000 9. Table Tennis Swat 17-18 Jan, 2000 10 Tennis Bannu 20-22 Jan, 2000 11 Cricket Peshawar 14-16 Feb, 2000 12 Boxing Abbottabad 2-4 March, 2000 13 Handball Kohat 6-8 March, 2000 14 Football Swat 15-17 March, 2000 15 Swimming D.LKhan 20-22 April, 2000 (Female) 16 T/Tennis Peshawar 12-14 Oct, 1999 17. Badminton Peshawar 12-14 Oct, 1999 18. Hockey Peshawar 12-14 Oct, 1999 19. Athletic Peshawar 12-14 Oct, 1999 20. Volleyball Bannu 21-23 Oct, 1999 21. Net Ball Mardan 1-3 Dec, 1999 22. Handball Kohat 18-20 Jan, 2000 23. Tennis DIKhan 22-24 Jan, 2000 b) Inter Provincial Youth Tournaments. (Female) S# Discipline Venue Date 1 Badminton Lahore 28-30 Oct, 99 2 T / Tennis Lahore 28-30 Oct, 99 3 Hockey Lahore 28-30 Oct, 99 4 Athletics Karachi 8-10 Nov, 99
  5. 5. 5 Volleyball (Male) Islamabad 15-17Nov,99 6 Volleyball Lahore 13-15 Nov, 99 7 Basketball Lahore 13-15 Nov, 99 8 Wrestling Lahore 13-15 Nov, 99 9 Athletics Karachi 1-3 Dec, 1999 10 Squash Sukkar 4-6 Dec, 1999 11 Hockey Peshawar 3-5 Feb, 2000 12 Badminton Peshawar 3-5 Feb,2000 13 T/ Tennis Islamabad 10-12 Feb, 2000 14 Tennis Islamabad 10-12 Feb, 2000 15 Handball Muzaffarabad 2-4 May, 2000 16 Football Muzaffarabad 5-8 May, 2000 17 Swimming Karachi 29-31 May,99 18 Boxing Quetta 27-29 June,2000 20 c) National level tournaments. S .# Discipline Venue Date 1 All Pakistan Special Abbottabad 10-12 ___People Sports Festival__________July,2000 2 All Pakistan Minister Peshawar 25 June~to^ Sports Cricket 29th July, ___tournament.____________________2000______ 3 All Pakistan Minister Kohat 20-22 Sports Squash August.2000 tournament d) Sports competitions were organized at the Divisional Headquarters in connection with Pakistan Day and Independence Day celebrations. 4. The Directorate of Sports is supposed to organise the following Sports activities:- i. Inter District under-14 and under-16 competitions for Boys and Girls. ii. Inter Division under-14 and under-16 competitions for Boys and Girls. iii. Inter Provincial under-14 & under-16 competitions. (Boys and Girls). iv. Inter City Sports competitions. v. Holding of exhibition matches in connection with the Pakistan Day and Independence Day celebrations. vi. Holding of Pakistan level Sports competitions. vii. Holding of NWFP Inter Students Sports festival
  6. 6. viii. Holding of Khyber Games. ix. Holding of Pakistan level Sports Festival for special people. x. To organize International competitions if allotted by the Federal Govt. / respective Sports Federations. xi. Coaching and Training Camps for the talented Sportsmen. xii. Inter Agencies Sports competitions. xiii. Mass participation activities like Walk, Road race, Jogging and mini Marathons. 5. Efforts are being made to provide play grounds in each Tehsil of the Province. This year a sum of Rs 3.8 million has been allocated in the ADP for provision of play grounds. Moreover, the Provincial Govt. with the assistance of Federal Govt will provide Synthetic Hockey turf at places like Abbottabad, Swat, Mardan and Kohat etc. Presently 2 Synthetic Hockey Turf one each at Peshawar and Bannu are available. 6. A sum of Rs 5.3 million has been allocated in the current financial year for the promotion of Sports activities. It may be mentioned here that the Govt. of Punjab and Sindh are providing more than Rs.20 million for the same Sports activities which are supposed to be organized by the Directorate of Sports NWFP. 7. To organise sports properly through out the Province and to have better coordination with the executing agencies in connection with the construction of Sports projects, it is essential that District Sports Officers in each District of the province are established with the minimum staff of the District Sports Officer., Junior Clerk, Naib Qasid and a Chowkidar. In Punjab they have established Sports offices even at the Tehsil level. 8. The Millenium Spring festival was organized by the Sports Department at Army Stadium, Peshawar on 10th March, 2000. The Chief Executive of Pakistan was the Chief Guest. Besides Governor, NWFP and Corps Commander 11 Corps, a large number of high ranking Civil/Military Officers and general public witnessed different events such as Buz Kushi Match, Tent Pegging, Horse Dances and Band display. FUNCTION OF THE DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE To Preserve Culture Heritage; To promote and develop culture, art and literature on indigenous and national lines, keeping the regional back-ground intact; To monitor the activities of cultural, arts and literary organizations in NWFP; To forge unity among different segments of society; ACHIEVEMENTS The Cultural Wing has fabricated a cultural Float on 23rd March, 2000 (Pakistan Day) depicting the cultural heritage of the NWFP in particular. The Float has taken part in the national festival on the Pakistan Day held at Islamabad. It was viewed by a large number of people, besides the dignitaries invited on the occasion. It has a positive impact in preserving a developing cultural traditions and heritage. 2. The Culture wing is also maintaining and running the Nishtar Hall meant for holding cultural shows, literary activities and other government functions. As many as 66 cultural shows have been held in Nishtar Hall during the last 10 months. The
  7. 7. function of the Pakistan Day on 23 March, 2000 chaired by the Governor, NWFP was also held in Nishtar Hall. 3. In its pursuit to the cultural development, financial assistance is provided to the needy and deserving artists/singers/sportsmen and Artisans. During the last 20 months, a sum of Rs.8,17,800/- has been provided to them as stipend/ financial assistance. FUNCTION OF THE SARHAD TOURISM CORPORATION LTD. OVERALL GOAL To act as a catalyst for the promotion of sustainable tourism development in NWFP. SHORT TERM OBJECTIVES To create awareness of Tourism as an Industry, build rapport with private investors for promotion of tourism in the NWFP, publicity and promotion. MID TERM OBJECTIVES To accomplish the task of motivating the private sector to come forward and indulge in certain activities to provide the demonstrative effect by running tourism development complexes all over the Province and through acquisition of existing state land and development of new facilities and buildings. LONG TERM OBJECTIVES: To create adequate awareness amongst the people that tourism is an income generating agency and that it can become a leading industry for the NWFP. ACHIEVEMENTS The Sarhad Tourism Corporation NWFP was established in 1991 to promote and develop the Tourism industry of NWFP by involving both the private and public sectors. A Cabinet Committee on Tourism, under the chairmanship of the Minister for Tourism NWFP was established in January 2000, for the formulation of a comprehensive tourism policy. The Committee held its four meetings and discussed threadbare various aspects of the matter. The Committee approved the Draft Tourism Policy for placing before the Cabinet. It was also decided in principle that the Government properties shall be taken into as equity share with private sector while developing the same for tourism purposes. Further progress in this regard is under way. 2. As per its policy of public -private partnership, the STC advertised the leasing out of the Falak Sair Hotel at Kalam for a period of 30-33 years. The process of its leasing out to the private sector is at the final stage. Likewise, privatization ofKund National Park is also under active consideration. 3. The Shandur Polo Tournament is an important annual festival from the view point of Tourism development. This time it was held on July 8-10, 2000 and attracted a large number of people. The Chief Executive of Pakistan also graced the occasion. 4. According to a programme, the STC is going to install a chain of logos in Peshawar City at places of historical value for the convenience of tourists particularly coming from abroad. The Peshawar Museum and Khan Klub will be the starting and terminating point of the logos respectively. 5. Three rest houses at Nathiagali, one at Donga Gali and one at Behrain, Swat, were got transferred from the C&W Department to the STC for the use of tourists. These rest houses were renovated, furnished and made worth living by the STC and now are rented out to the tourists at rates little lower than the market. This has put a positive impact on Tourism activities pursued by the STC. 6. The Government of Pakistan in collaboration with UNDP/WTO has engaged a team comprising national and international consultants for formulation of a Master
  8. 8. Plan for Tourism Development in the Country. The consultants visited Peshawar on 21.8.2000 and held meetings with the Minister for Tourism, NWFP, the Acting Secretary Tourism and the Managing Director, STC and apprized themselves of the necessary information in this regard. Further meetings will be held in due course of time for fmalization of the Master Plan. 7. A group of 6-7 selected persons related to the field of Tourism from Sri-Lanka, are scheduled to visit Pakistan with the near future for comprehensive study of the Touristic potential once formulate its recommendations for the promotion & development of Tourism industry in the Country. FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES NWFP 1. Preservation of Public Record. 2. Encouragement of historical research and providing the available record to bonafied research students. 3. Microfilming of public record. 4. Establishment of Public Libraries System in the Province. Presently, four public libraries at Peshawar, Mardan, Abbottabad and Akora Khattak are functional. The Directorate has provided books to the various public libraries being run by the local Government Department for updating their collection. So far books have been provided to Chitral, Swat, D.LKhan, Kohat, Karak Public Libraries, Lakki and Mansehra Libraries. ACHIEVEMENTS 27-Research Scholars belonging to different education institutions of the University of Peshawar as well as retired university teachers availed the facilities for work on their academic pursuits for the award of M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. 2. 920 books were purchased for distribution in the Public Libraries of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad. 331 members were enrolled as library members during this period and the library remains open upto 6.00 P.M. providing reading room as well as reference services to more than 5,000 users. The library runs by the Local bodies were also provided assistance in form of professional guidance and donation of books. The weeding and categorization of the files belonging to Planning, Environment & Development and Education Departments is also in progress. 3. Work on the construction of 'Ghani Dheri' in Charsadda is in progress and so for Rs.0.889 million has been incurred on it and during the last financial year. The Provincial Government has released the remaining amount of Rs.3.07 milion for the scheme. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.4.196 million and it is expected that the project shall be completed during the current financial year. FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF ARCHAEOLOGY & MUSEUMS NWFP To conduct exploration in the Province for the discovery of new sites and to carry out excavations of the existing sites situated at various places. To conserve the ancient sites and monuments for their preservations for the present and coming generations. To improve and display existing Museums and to take steps for the establishment of new Museums in the Province.
  9. 9. ACHIEVEMENTS Development of Hund as Archaeological & Tourist point: The existing site of village Hund is located on the western bank of River Indus at a distance of 5/6 kailometer from the main Swabi Jehangira Road in the Swabi District. It is a well known historical place at the crossing pint of river Indus. Alexander the Great, on his march to India had offered sacrifices to the gods here and crossed over to Punjab. Hund remained the Capital of Hindu Shahi dynesty during the 10th and 11th Century, when Mehmood of Gazna defeated the last ruler of this dynesty and unfarled the banner of Islam in this region. 2. In view of its historical importance, the Provincial Government decided in 1995 to develop the place as historical and tourist point. Therefore, a PC-1 amounted to Rs.4.170 million was approved with the following components. i. Purchase of land at Hund. ii. Erection of Alexander Monument. iii. Fencing. iv. Leveling and dressing v. Archaeological excavation. 3. The land measuring 33 kanal and 8 marias was acquired recently. Its leveling and fencing has been completed. Construction of the Alexander monument is in progress. Archaeological excavation done in April, May and June, 2000. Valuable coins and some related artifacts have been recovered. Conservation ofMohabat Khan and Sethi Mosque. Peshawar: 4. The Directorate of Archaeology & Museums has transferred Rs.0.35 million to the Auqaf Department to start work mentioned in the approved PC-11 under the supervision of a panel of experts notified by the PD&D Department. 5. The purpose of the PC-11 is to find the actual causes of decay of these two historic mosques. After detecting the ailment, a PC"I shall be prepared for submission to the PE&D Department to conserve and restore the said mosques. 6. Steps are also being taken for the Conservation, rehabilitation, protection and renovation of Archaeological sites in and around Peshawar/Garden at Gor-khattree alongwith Development of Hund as an Archaeological and Tourist site. Improvement of the existing Museums is also on the card.
  10. 10. ACHIEVEMENTS Development of Hund as Archaeological & Tourist point: The existing site of village Hund is located on the western bank of River Indus at a distance of 5/6 kailometer from the main Swabi Jehangira Road in the Swabi District. It is a well known historical place at the crossing pint of river Indus. Alexander the Great, on his march to India had offered sacrifices to the gods here and crossed over to Punjab. Hund remained the Capital of Hindu Shahi dynesty during the 10th and 11th Century, when Mehmood of Gazna defeated the last ruler of this dynesty and unfarled the banner of Islam in this region. 2. In view of its historical importance, the Provincial Government decided in 1995 to develop the place as historical and tourist point. Therefore, a PC-1 amounted to Rs.4.170 million was approved with the following components. i. Purchase of land at Hund. ii. Erection of Alexander Monument. iii. Fencing. iv. Leveling and dressing v. Archaeological excavation. 3. The land measuring 33 kanal and 8 marias was acquired recently. Its leveling and fencing has been completed. Construction of the Alexander monument is in progress. Archaeological excavation done in April, May and June, 2000. Valuable coins and some related artifacts have been recovered. Conservation ofMohabat Khan and Sethi Mosque. Peshawar: 4. The Directorate of Archaeology & Museums has transferred Rs.0.35 million to the Auqaf Department to start work mentioned in the approved PC-11 under the supervision of a panel of experts notified by the PD&D Department. 5. The purpose of the PC-11 is to find the actual causes of decay of these two historic mosques. After detecting the ailment, a PC"I shall be prepared for submission to the PE&D Department to conserve and restore the said mosques. 6. Steps are also being taken for the Conservation, rehabilitation, protection and renovation of Archaeological sites in and around Peshawar/Garden at Gor-khattree alongwith Development of Hund as an Archaeological and Tourist site. Improvement of the existing Museums is also on the card.

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