Broad­band or bet­ter life?

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Gover­nor of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, En­gi­neer Shaukat­ul­lah, has di­rected the Spe­cial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Or­ga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide the lat­est and en­hanced telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­ter­net fa­cil­i­ties in the far-flung tribal ar­eas. The SCO has been asked to for­mu­late a de­tailed pro­posal for pro­vi­sion of GSM mo­bile and broad­band in FATA. Brief­ing the gover­nor SCO of­fi­cials said that 152 tele-cen­ters would be es­tab­lished in the ar­eas in two years.

The tribal belt is among the most im­pov­er­ished re­gions of the coun­try and even the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties of life are not avail­able in most parts. It is also known for pro­vid­ing safe sanc­tu­ar­ies to lo­cal and for­eign ter­ror­ists. There­fore, while mak­ing ar­range­ments for broad­band and other ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties in the area, the govern­ment needs to en­sure that these ser­vices will not be mis­used by ter­ror­ists. Mean­while, it can ad­dress other press­ing is­sues that di­rectly af­fect the people of the area.

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