MOHMAND AGENCY - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah, has said that the time has come for the people of FATA to revive their energies; ensure unity and cohesion in their ranks and work for the development of their respective areas as well as for security, stability and prosperity of the country. 

Sacrifices of the people of FATA for the country are the living history and the recent past has once again proved this fact. He expressed the confidence that they would spare no effort for the betterment of the country and ensure better future for them as well.

Addressing a grand tribal jirga at Ghalanai; the agency headquarters of Momand on Sunday, the Governor said that being one of them it will always be his earnest effort to take all the people of FATA along and ensure stability and peace not only in FATA but also in the best interests of the country.

The Governor was also accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary, FATA, Dr. Tashfin Khan and other senior officials of the FATA Secretariat.

The governor said that peace and stability will always be the top most priority and while keeping every feasible option for making this possible, the security and integrity of the country will be kept at the highest esteem and its enemies will be taken to task at the cost of every sacrifice. 

The governor realized the jirga to maintain their belief in democratic norms and the extension of Political Parties Order to FATA has offered them the opportunity to elect their representatives, which indeed will be the first experience in their life from the ensuing general elections.

“To make yourselves fully aware of your rights as well as the responsibilities, there is also a dire need to be fully aware about the new developments,” he said.

Responding to various points raised on this occasion, the governor disclosed to take up their request for opening up a direct route via Momand Agency to Afghanistan and help them in the promotion of trade and business activities in the region.

He further declared to ensure efficient materialization of up-gradation and strengthening of four grid stations one each at Ghalanai, Lakarrao, Michani and Khawaizai area of Momand Agency. 

He also declared to ensure re-imbursement of the remaining cost of the land acquired for establishment of the Cadet College in Momand Agency, which stands to the tune of Rs 17 million.

He also declared to give tehsil level status to the civil hospital Parrang Ghar, construction of road via Ambar to connect Momand Ageny with Bajaur Agency; restart of work on construction of Pandiali Dam; and eliminate the chances of double taxation while transporting goods across the boundaries of the agency; construction of tunnel at Nahaqi Kandao to squeeze distance between Momand Agency and Dir district.

Earlier, Political Agent, Momand Agency, Amber Ali Khan and the heads of line departments briefed the Governor about the salient features of the development activities in the agency.  

On this occasion, Engineer Shaukatullah declared his principled approval to launch Rescue 1122 system in FATA to help the tribal people in meeting any eventuality and said that its beginning will take place from Momand Agency with immediate effect.

Later, the Governor arrived at Khar; the agency headquarters of Bajaur Agency, where he was warmly welcomed by elders of the agency.

On the occasion, a large number of students of Bajaur Public School showered flower petals; shouted welcoming slogans while receiving him.

It merits to mention here that Bajaur is the home agency of the Governor. Syed Akhuzada Chitan, MNA, and Senator Saleh Shah were also present on this occasion, besides the Commissioner, Malakand Division, Fakhar-e-Alam Khan and Political Agent, Bauaur Agency, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah.