Tribes­men to de­cide fu­ture of FATA: Gover­nor

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Gover­nor Iqbal Za­far Jha­gra has said that the fu­ture of FATA would be de­cided with the ' pop­u­lar will' of tribes­men. He said that opin­ions of general tribes­men would be given due value and no de­ci­sion will be im­posed on tribal peo­ple.

He ex­pressed these views while talk­ing to sep­a­rately rep­re­sen­ta­tive del­e­ga­tion of el­ders from FR Bannu led by MPA Maulana Lutf- urRehman and an­other del­e­ga­tion led by Ameer JI, KP, Mush­taq Ah­mad Khan and Pro­vin­cial min­is­ter, Inayat Ul­lah who called on him here at Gover­nor's House, Pe­shawar on Fri­day.

He said that war against ter­ror­ism in FATA was be­ing fought for the sovereignty and in­tegrity of Pak­istan. He said com­pre­hen­sive steps have been taken to fa­cil­i­tate early re­turn of thou­sands of dis­placed tribes­men and their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Con­crete mea­sures on war foot­ing be­ing taken to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tor in FATA. The sac­ri­fices ren­dered by our se­cu­rity forces and tribal peo­ple to erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism would be re­mem­bered for­ever.

They ap­prised the gover­nor of the prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties, which the peo­ple of the ar­eas have been fac­ing. They also dis­cussed mat­ters per­tain­ing to the repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs to their homes. The gover­nor as­sured the del­e­ga­tions of tak­ing nec­es­sary ac­tion to ad­dress their griev­ances and said that steps were been taken to en­sure early and dig­ni­fied repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs to their homes.

The mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tions also lauded the en­deav­ors of the gov­ern­ment with re­gard to pro­vi­sion of ser­vices to the tribal peo­ple and for early repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs and of­fered their ser­vices for the main­te­nance of last­ing peace in the re­gion. The gover­nor paid trib­ute to the peo­ple of the prov­ince and FATA who faced im­mense chal­lenges over the last few years.

He said that the sac­ri­fices and ser­vices of the tribal peo­ple are highly valu­able and well ac­knowl­edged and these would al­ways be re­mem­bered with high re­gard. Gover­nor said mea­sures be taken to en­sure the pro­vi­sion of best in­fra­struc­ture, health cen­ters, schools, col­leges, hos­pi­tals, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and other mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties af­ter the repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs to their homes in the tribal ar­eas.

He said that the link roads in FATA will be con­nected to the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic cor­ri­dor (CPEC) which will pave the way for the devel­op­ment of tribal area adding that the peo­ple of the FATA will be the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this megapro­ject.

He said tribes­men and our se­cu­rity per­son­nel had ren­dered great sac­ri­fices in the restora­tion of peace in Fata and now we are head­ing into the new phase of peace and sta­bil­ity. The Gover­nor ap­pre­ci­ated the con­tri­bu­tion and sac­ri­fices of the peo­ple of FATA for the cre­ation of Pak­istan and now for en­sur­ing last­ing peace in the area. He said ac­cord­ing to the wishes and tra­di­tions of tribal peo­ple, the re­forms in FATA would usher them into main­stream while re­spect­ing lo­cal tra­di­tions.

Gover­nor said that the in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment was fully de­ter­mined for the early repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs and the so­cio-eco­nomic up­lift of the tribal re­gion and urged tribal peo­ple and el­ders to be con­scious of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ac­tive role for the main­te­nance of last­ing peace.

The Gover­nor Iqbal Jha­gra said the se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel along with civil­ians sac­ri­ficed their lives in the war on ter­ror and tribal peo­ple had to leave homes for the just cause of purg­ing the re­gion of mil­i­tants.

The gover­nor said early repa­tri­a­tion of TDPs and main­te­nance of last­ing peace and sta­bil­ity to the FATA was a fore­most pri­or­ity of the gov­ern­ment. Re­spond­ing to the de­mands put for­ward by the mem­bers of del­e­ga­tions, the gover­nor said we had al­ready taken ini­tia­tives to re­dress their griev­ances.

He said whole the Na­tion stood united with our se­cu­rity forces in the war against ter­ror­ism adding that we are com­mit­ted to up­root the wave of mil­i­tancy and ter­ror­ism from the coun­try once and for all.

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