Broadband or better life?
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.