PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has empowered all political agents in FATA and asked them to hold Jirgas (public meetings) at agency’s level for resolution of masses’ problems.
Addressing a grand Tribal Jirga here at Governor House, he said the government is committed to providing 1000 billion rupees for development projects in FATA under 10-year development program.
He directed that such Jirgas should held at-least three times in a year so that the direct consultation with tribal people could be arranged.
The governor stressed the need for unity and cohesion for development and prosperity of the country. He said the government has great respect for tribal people as they have given great sacrifices for protection of motherland.
He said that hundreds of thousand migrated tribal families have returned to their native areas and rest of the five percent temporarily displaced persons would be settled by the end of June this year.
The Governor said that government was providing financial assistance and facilities to those TDPs who were returning, adding that existing government had spent Rs 86 billion on 1046 development projects whereas work on 354 was underway.
Referring to CPEC project, he assured to recommend the federal government to contact FATA with CPEC through a link road.
The Jirga was attended by Federal Minister for SAFRON Ghalib Khan Advocate, Tribal MNAs and Senators, Additional Chief Secretary FATA Sikandar Qayum, Commissioners, Political Agents of all FATA agencies and notables of different tribal agencies.
Senator Orangzaib Orakzai and MNA Jamal ud Din addressing on the occasion appreciated the government’s measures for peace in FATA and respectable return of TDPs.
They said tribal people always gave sacrifices for protection of the country and stood should by should with Pak Army in war against terrorism.
They also appreciated the sacrifices of Pak Army and other security agencies and said peace in FATA has restored after huge sacrifices and nobody would be allowed to create unrest of disturb security situation in FATA.