Tribal elders should come forward to play role for sustainable peace in FATA, Governor


Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan while paying tribute to the tribesmen and security forces for their great sacrifices which they have rendered in restoring peace and bringing normalcy to the tribal region has said tribal elders should realize their responsibilities and come forward to play due role for the sustainable peace in FATA.

He said incumbent government was well aware of the difficulties and problems of tribesmen adding that dynamic efforts and steps are being undertaken at all levels to redress the grievances of the tribal people and to get rid of their sense of deprivation.

He was talking to a delegation of tribal elders from Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency here at Governor’s House in Peshawar on Wednesday. The delegation led by Mohammad Shah Afridi, Ex- Parliamentarian was comprised of Mohammad Ayub, Malak Mohammad Ali, Rab Nawaz, Syed Marjan, and Sahib Shah, Shams ud Din, Haji Yousaf, Fazal Shah, Mohammad Ali Khan, Azmat Khan, Haji Mohammad Ali and Younas Khan. Principal Secretary to Governor, Sikandar Qayyum, Political Agent Khyber Agency, Shahab Ali Shah and other relevant officials were also present on this occasion.

They apprised the Governor about some of the problems and difficulties which the people of Tehsil Bara, Khyber Agency are faced with. The Governor assured the delegation of taking necessary action to solve their grievances.

The delegation appreciated the efforts of the Governor for the successful ongoing repatriation process in tribal areas and especially for the development package in Tehsil Bara of Khyber agency. They said his role has been commendable in rehabilitation, reconstruction and repatriation process of IDPs and thanked the governor for his support to make this possible.

While talking to the delegation, the governor said that we are well aware of the problems and difficulties of tribal people and steps have been taken to utilise all available resources for their complete rehabilitation.

He said restoration of peace, repatriation and rehabilitation of tribal people and improvement of infrastructure in Federal Administered Tribal areas was the top most priorities of our government.

He said certain solid steps been taken to bring FATA into the mainstream to end underdevelopment and backwardness of the tribal people. He said steps are being taken to strengthen the citizen-state relationship in FATA and urged tribal elders to fulfil their responsibilities in maintaining peace and development of FATA.

Talking to the elders, the governor also lauded sacrifices of the tribesmen in eliminating militants and maintaining peace and said their sacrifices will be remembered with pride and dignity. He said the government is committed to improve living standard of tribesmen and all possible means are being taken to provide basic and modern civic facilities to tribal people.