PR No.120 Islamabad: March 15, 2016

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Eng. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that the patriotic tribesmen had rendered great sacrifices for the peace of entire region adding that the time has now come to reciprocate their sacrifices and take concrete measures to redress their grievances. He said that tribal people had left their homes and native places for the great national cause and their sacrifices would never go in vain. He said that repatriation of all TDPs is the top most priority of our government and assured the reforms process in FATA would be completed with the consent and wishes of tribal people.

He was talking to a 42-member representative delegation led by MNA Ghalib Khan of South Waziristan Agency who called on him here at Governor’s House on Tuesday.

Speaking at the occasion, the Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that maintenance of lasting peace was the top most priority of the incumbent Government and reiterated his commitment to uproot the wave of militancy and terrorism from the country once and for all. He said that every possible step would be taken to ensure all the basic possible facilities to the tribal people. He said only the tribesmen had the right to decide about their future adding that the future of FATA will be decided with the popular will of the tribal people. He said no efforts would be spared to put an end to corruption and we will meet the expectations of tribesmen at any cost.

Governor said that peace has been restored in FATA due to the great sacrifices of patriotic tribesmen and our security forces and urged the tribal elders to realize their responsibilities and play their due role in the maintenance of the peace in tribal areas. He said efforts are being made to ensure the successful and dignified return of the TDPs to their homes on priority basis.

He said concrete measures would be taken on priority basis for the development of health sector, provision of modern health and education facilities to the tribesmen to improve the public health facilities and standards of education in FATA. He said that Government was fully committed to take the steps for the welfare of tribesmen adding that dignified repatriation and rehabilitation of tribal people would be ensured. He said that no stone would be left unturned for the development of this marginalized region and to bring the people of FATA into mainstream.

The members of the delegation apprised the governor about some of the problems and difficulties which the people of the Agency are faced with and put some suggestion in this regard. The Governor assured them to redress their grievances without delay. He further stated that those certain solid steps would be taken to bring FATA into the mainstream and for the development and progress in tribal belt.