Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that incumbent government was paying exclusive attention to the tribal region’s economic uplift by expanding and upgrading its road network and by promoting business related activities adding that this region will prove a peaceful trade hub in the years to come.
He said the completion of Mastak Bridge on Bara River and Shinqamar Dawatoe Maidan road will boost relations between different parts of the Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram Agencies and also improve tourism activities in the area.
He expressed these views while addressing the ceremony on the eve of ground breaking of Shinqamar Dawatoe Maidan road and inauguration of Mastak Bridge on Bara River at Mastak, Bara Tehsil during his visit to Khyber Agency on Tuesday.
Besides, Senator Taj Mohammad, MNA Nasir Khan Afridi, Acting IGFC, ACS FATA, Commissioner Peshawar, senior civil and military officials, tribal elders and other relevant officials were also present on the occasion.
Detailed briefing was also given to the governor on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of military, its engineers and workers for completing the Mastak Bridge in record time of 5 months.
The 108 kilometre Shinqamar dawatoe Maidan road have a total cost of Rs. 2.26 million including its black topping, repairing and widening. This road would be built in two phases and in the first phase the construction work has been started and it will be completed at a cost of Rs. 1.06 million and it will connect Bara to the Teerah Maidan and then Kurram Agency. The second phase would be completed at a cost of Rs. 1.2 million.
While addressing the tribal elders at the ceremony, the Governor said with the better road network the tribal region will not only progress economically but transport and travel facilities will also be improved for the people living in adjoin areas of the tribal region
. He also inaugurated Mastak Bridge which has completed with the cost Rs. 80 millions.
He also announced the construction and rehabilitation of Bagh Maidan to Mithra road in Khyber agency. The 91 kilometre road would be built at a cost of Rs. 440 million.
Governor said when the incumbent government took over, the country was confronted with many challenges and the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Shareef with his commitment began the journey to progress.
He said with the successful military operation we have combat the wave of militancy and terrorism. He said whole the nation stood united with our security forces to uproot the the terrorism from the country.
He said we have achieved success and steps have been taken for the return and rehabilitation of TDPs and development of the tribal areas. He said the dignified return and rehabilitation of TDPs was the top most priority of the incumbent government and steps have been taken to ensure the reconstruction and development of the tribal region.
He said more than 800000 TDPs has been repatriated to their homes with honour. He said that all the TDPs would be sent back to their homes at the end of this year.
Governor congratulated the tribal people for the construction of Mastak Bridge and start of work on Shinqamar to Maidan road and said this will also facilitate the people of adjoin areas of the region.
Governor said that steps been taken to provide the better road network in tribal areas and with this not only economic revolution will be witnessed but also lift the living standard of the tribesmen.
Governor said that completion of Bara to Maidan road will provide the easy access to the people of Teerah Maidan, central Kurram and Orakzai agency to Peshawar via Bara. He said Shinqamar Dawatoe road will cut the distance of 100 kilometre and will enhance the relations between the agencies. Governor said this will also provide better transport facilities and will benefit the people of three agencies.
Meanwhile the Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad khan went to the Bara Bazar during his visit and reviewed the rehabilitation activities and construction work of the Bazar. He said that formal business activities would be started here on February 05, this year. He also ordered officials to ensure transparency in development work and rehabilitation of Bara Bazar.
Governor also visited the Spaira Dam in Bara and reviewed the work progress of rehabilitation of Spaira Dam. He said on this on occasion that the rehabilitation of Sapaira Dam will be completed at a cost of Rs. 100 millions in different phases.
He said around 38000 kanals of land would be brought under cultivation by utilizing water from the dam.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony at Mastak, the Governor said the government was committed to developing the infrastructure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) adding that we are also focusing on development projects in health, education and other sectors.
While addressing the jirga, the Governor paid tribute to the tribesmen and security forces for their great sacrifices, adding the tribal elders should realize their responsibilities and come forward to play due role for the sustainable peace in FATA.
He said the government was well aware of the problems and difficulties of tribal people and steps were being taken to utilize all available resources for their complete rehabilitation.
Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the patriotic tribesmen had rendered great sacrifices for the peace of the region and it is a great wall for the protection of Pakistan which could not be concord by any one.
The successful execution of the operation Zarb- Azb by our brave army have not only restored peace in this region but also revived the state of peace and harmony in the entire state of Pakistan.
Governor said with the sacrifices of our security forces and tribesmen we have combat terrorism. He said the war against terrorism will be continued till the elimination of last terrorist from the country.
He said return of TDPs, repatriation and rehabilitation of tribal people and improvement of infrastructure in Federal Administered Tribal areas was top priorities of the government. He said solid steps including strengthening the citizen-state relationship in FATA were being taken to bring FATA into mainstream and to end backwardness of the tribal people.