Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the previous democratic government attached highest priority to the socio -economic and political development of FATA and undertook all possible steps to bring the people of tribal areas in to the mainstream of national life.
Lauding the huge sacrifices rendered by the people of FATA in the ongoing fight against militancy, the President said that tribal people are the worst sufferers in this battle and emphasized the need for more steps to remove their hardships and creating new vistas of economic opportunities for them.
The President was speaking to a delegation from FATA, which called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.
The delegation included among others Dr. G.G.Jamal, Mr. Sajid Turi, Mr. Shahid Gul Afridi, Haji Bismillah Khan and Mr. Bial ur Rehman.
Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the delegation thanked the President and the previous democratic government for its efforts aimed at the welfare and uplift of the FATA region and mainstreaming the people of the area.
The delegation particularly thanked the President for the various FATA reforms introduced during its tenure including Amendments in the FCR and Extension of the Political Parties Order 2002 to the tribal areas.
The President said that we kept the promise made to the people of tribal areas and expressed hope that the legal and political reforms in FATA would help rid the tribal people from a century old bondage.