KHAR: Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has written a letter to federal minister Ahsan Iqbal to bring Fata into the mainstream and link it with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Jhagra said this on Monday while addressing a jirga during his visit to Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
He told the tribespeople the government was working on a reforms package that would be as per the wishes of the people of the tribal areas.
About return of those displaced, he said they will be returned to their native areas by the end of May. “After their return, development work will be started in all the agencies of Fata, including Bajaur.”
He also spoke about literacy in the tribal areas. The governor promised the government would employ new staff and construct educational institutes to achieve the dream of 100% literacy in Fata.
He also met leaders of the alliance of political parties and assured them the government would bring reforms.
Jhagra also visited Khar hospital and enquired about the health of people admitted there.
On the way he also stopped in Mohmand Agency and was briefed about the Nahqi Tunnel that was under construction on the main Mohmand-Bajaur highway. It would be completed by the end of 2016.
Jhagra was told the project was part of the 45-kilometre Ghallanai-Mamad Ghat Road that was financed by the government of United Arab Emirates. The funding later stopped and now the construction is taking place under the Frontier Works Organization.
Jhagra was told the Rs2.4 billion project has used Rs1.700 billion so far and will be completed by November.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2016.