Govt act­ing on multi-pronge pol­icy in FATA

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Gov­er­nor, En­gi­neer Shaukat­ul­lah has said that re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, along­side ef­forts for main­te­nance of peace in FATA will go ahead si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Talk­ing to two sep­a­rate del­e­ga­tions of el­ders, one each from Kur­ram and Orakzai Agency which called on him at Gov­er­nor's House, Pe­shawar on Sun­day,

He said that as far as the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in FATA, now is far bet­ter in this re­spect as com­pared to past will fur­ther im­prove with the pas­sage of time.

The Gov­er­nor also men­tioned launch­ing of nat­u­ral gas sup­ply project at Darra Adam Khel and pointed out, "it in fact the first ini­tia­tive for the en­tire FATA which will lead to launch of sim­i­lar schemes for other tribal agen­cies and fron­tier re­gions.

The del­e­ga­tion from Kur­ram Agency, com­pris­ing el­ders of Mas­sozai Tribe was led by an ex- MNA, Haji Munir Khan Orakzai par­tic­u­larly re­quested for pro­vid­ing staff for the Sub-Trea­sury Of­fice of the State Bank of Pak­istan and es­tab­lish­ment of a pass­port of­fice at Sadda while the el­ders of in­ter­nally dis­lo­cated tribes, hail­ing from Ghiljo and other ar­eas of Orakzai Agency who are presently housed in Ali Khel, Hangu, As­tarzai, Mitha Khel and other parts of Hangu district re­quested the Gov­er­nor to help them in get­ting them prop­erly reg­is­tered IDPs. They also re­quested to en­sure their early repa­tri­a­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The del­e­ga­tion was led by Mr. Wasi Said and Mr. Laiq Hus­sain.

Re­spond­ing to var­i­ous de­mands, the Gov­er­nor said that hec­tic ef­forts are un­der­way to fur­ther stream­line the on­go­ing ar­range­ments for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the in­ter­nally dis­lo­cated peo­ple of FATA and In­shaullah they would find bet­ter and ami­ca­ble cir­cum­stances in mak­ing re­vival of their nor­mal life. As far as es­tab­lish­ment of pass­port of­fice and pro­vi­sion of staff for the Trea­sury Of­fice of the State Bank of Pak­istan at Sadda of Kur­ram Agency are con­cerned, the Gov­er­nor said that the re­spec­tive au­thor­i­ties will be ap­proached to cre­ate pos­si­bil­ity for mak­ing this pos­si­ble at the ear­li­est.

Mean­while, talk­ing to dif­fer­ent del­e­ga­tions of tribal el­ders and Youth from Ba­jaur, Mo­mand, Khy­ber and F.R. Pe­shawar who also called on him at Gov­er­nor's House, Pe­shawar the Gov­er­nor said that a pro­posal to strengthen the vocational train­ing in­sti­tutes work­ing in dif­fer­ent tribal agen­cies, is un­der the ac­tive con­sid­er­a­tion and it is his ut­most ef­fort to en­able the youth of FATA to get them equipped with skills in lat­est tech­nolo­gies. Sim­i­larly, he added, he has al­ready taken ini­tia­tive to en­hance amount of merit schol­ar­ships for the stu­dents of higher sec­ondary and higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and hopefully for­mal an­nounce­ment will be made shortly in this re­spect.

He, how­ever, also re­al­ized the tribal el­ders and youth that main­te­nance of peace­ful at­mos­phere is the fore­most re­quire­ment for mak­ing all this pos­si­ble. Be­sides, he added, peace is also must to en­sure smooth con­duct of gen­eral elec­tions and they must con­tinue their ef­fi­cient sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion in en­sur­ing achieve­ment of this cher­ished goal too.

Mean­while, the tribal el­ders while talk­ing on this oc­ca­sion high­lighted the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion with re­gard to main­te­nance of peace and launch of devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in their re­spec­tive ar­eas and re­quested the gov­er­nor to ac­cel­er­ate the process in this re­spect.

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