Tribals’ rights protection top priority: Jhagra

DIKhan—Governor Khyber Pakthunkwha Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Monday said that comprehensive planning was being mulled for ensuring protection to the rights of the tribal people and ensuring provision of basic facilities of life to the tribesmen at their doorstep.
He expressed these views while addressing a tribal jirga of Mehsud tribe here which was also attended among others by member of Fata Reforms Commission including Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs, Senator Sartaj Aziz, Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt. Gen Abdul Qadar Baloch and Federal Minister for Law and Environment Zahid Hamid.
The Governor said that the government was taking effective measures for eliminating terrorism from the tribal belt adding that repatriation of the displaced tribesmen to their native areas was in progress in smooth fashion.
The FATA Reforms Commission has been formed on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with main task of addressing problems of the tribal people in accordance with their wishes and cooperation.
The sacrifices of the brave tribal people for the integrity and defence of the country could not be forgotten, he said and added that the tribesmen always extended support to the government and would continue their unflinching support and assistance to the government in future also.
Addressing the Jirga, Chairman FATA Reforms Commission Senator, Sartaj Aziz said that security situation in South Waziristan Agency was better as scores of uplift projects were being initiated in the agency which on completion would improve socio economic condition of the local inhabitants.
Sartaj Aziz highly praised the role of the armed forces in the maintenance of law and order situation in FATA adding that it was responsibility of the government to improve public order in line with the tribal traditions.
The suggestions of the Mehsud tribe would be respected and honored and no decision contrary to their interest would be imposed on them, he assured. —APP

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