BAJAUR AGENCY -  Youth and social activists of Bajaur Agency on Wednesday alleged that many non-governmental organisations working in the region have a discriminatory attitude with the local people in the hiring of its staffs.

They also announced to launch an agitation against the non-governmental organizations if they did not stop discriminatory attitude with local people by the end of the month. They made the decision during a meeting of Bajaur Talent Forum under the president of the forum Javid Khan. The forum works for jobless educated people of the agency. The meeting was attended by large numbers of youth and social activists belong to different areas of the agency. The participants of the meeting discussed the issues related to youth and pointed out the problems of youth in the agency. 

They claimed that majority of young locals, especially high and well-qualified people of the agency have been jobless despite having Master degrees of well-reputed institutions due to the absence of posts at government and non-governmental organizations in the region. The participants slammed the federal government for not taking steps to provide job opportunities to the youth of the region and claimed that more than three thousand posts are vacant in different public departments in the agency since 2013.

They urged the federal government to realize the problems being faced by the educated people of the agency owing to unemployment and must advertise the vacant posts in the region with immediate effect.

They expressed dismay over NGOs for ignoring the local educated people in recruiting of their employees in the agency. They mentioned that according to the government policy, it was obligatory for every non-governmental organization to hire 80 percent local staff for its project in the tribal areas.

They lashed out at the local administration and Fata secretariat for not keeping close watch over the NGOs to implement the government’s policy about the hiring of its staffs, adding that the NGOs would not able to made discrimination with local people if the relevant authorities could fulfill their responsibilities with commitment and sincerity.

They demanded the federal minister for States and Frontier Regions, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor, Additional chief Secretary Fata and Director General Projects Fata Secretariat to take serious notice of the discriminatory attitude of the non-governmental organization against the local people and take corrective steps in this regard. It was decided in the meeting that educated people of the agency would launch a protest movement against the NGOs if they did not replace their non-locals employees with locals by end of current month.

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Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Wednesday said that peace had been restored in the Federally-Administrated Tribal Areas due to the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and writ of the state had been established.

He said that repatriation process of temporarily displaced tribal families to their native places has almost been completed and simultaneously, efforts for rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged infrastructures are also progressing well.

Iqbal Zafar Jhagra expressed these views while addressing participants of 22nd senior Management Course, Karachi who called on the governor at the Governor House Peshawar on Wednesday. On the occasion, faculty of the senior management course, trainees, Secretary Law and Order Raza Hassan and Secretary social Sector Yousaf Raheem were also present.

The secretary law and order gave a detailed presentation regarding developmental schemes in Fata.

While referring to the CPEC project, the governor added, “CPEC will prove to be fate changer not only for Pakistan but for the whole of the South Asian region.”

Answering to the questions of the participants, the governor said that the government is serious in the implementation of Fata reforms and concrete steps are under process to merge Fata with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, so that it can become at par with other progressive areas of the country.

Meanwhile, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Farooq Haider called on the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.

He remained with the governor for some time and discussed matters pertaining to mutual interest, peace, and security.

During the discussion, the KP governor added that the people of Pakistan would continue their unflinching moral and diplomatic support to their Kashmiri brethren in this hour of test.

Moreover, he added Kashmir is the lifeline of Pakistan and the solution to this problem can only be solved through referendum and implementation of the resolutions of United Nations.