Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated that the present government while following FATA mainstreaming strategy, accords highest priority to the socio-economic development of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and urged for stepping up efforts to bring the people of tribal areas at par with other parts of the country in terms of development.
The President said this during his meeting with a delegation of Parliamentarians from FATA that called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday. The delegation of FATA MNAs led by Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, included Dr. G.G Jamal, Mr. Bilal ur Rehman, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, Mr. Ghalib Khan and Mr. Qaiser Jamal.
Overall situation in FATA with particular reference to Law and order situation, IDPs situation and developmental matters in their respective constituencies were discussed during the meeting.
Discussing security situation in FATA, the President expressed hope that the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan would prove to be instrumental in bringing peace and security to Pakistan and urged for supporting the Jawans of Pakistan Armed forces to make the operation Zarb-e Azb a success.
The President lauded the sacrifices of the people of North Waziristan for the peace and stability of the country and said that the government has devised a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the Internally displaced persons(IDPs) , assuring that they will be rehabilitated with honour and dignity , after the operation is over.
The President also assured that all possible steps are being taken by the government to look after the IDPs who left their home towns in the wake of military operation in North Waziristan agency and urged the concerned authorities to make sure that every child residing in the IDPs camps is vaccinated for polio in an effort to eradicate the crippling disease.
The FATA Parliamentarians apprised the President about the security situation in FATA and the rehabilitation of IDPs beside developmental matters concerning their respective areas.
The President said that vigorous efforts and steps are being undertaken at all levels to redress the grievances of the tribal peoples and to remove their sense of deprivation.
The President assured the FATA parliamentarians that government will continue working for economic and social uplift of FATA and improving the living standard of the people of the area.
The delegation thanked the President for meeting and appreciated his keen interest in the development of FATA.