SHABQADAR: The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a cadet college in the Mohmand Agency was held in Mamad Gat Safi on Friday to provide quality education to youth of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
Major General Inam Haider Malik, the General Officer Commanding of the 45 Engineers Division, performed the ground-breaking in the presence of Senator Hilal Rehman and high-ranking military officials and tribal elders.
The cadet college will be located in Mamad Gat Safi, on the boundary between Mohmand and Bajaur agencies. The project is re-launched at the request of the tribal elders to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The college will be constructed from the military’s own funds.
The college had been planned more than a decade ago. In 2005, an earth-breaking ceremony was performed by the then Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iftikhar Hussain Shah, in Ghazi but the project could not start.
During the inauguration ceremony of Nahaki tunnel last week, Member National Assembly (MNA) Bilal Rehman and tribal elders of the area appealed to the chief of army staff to re-launch the cadet college project.
After the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, Major General Inam Haider Malik and Senator Malik Hilal Rehman addressed the ceremony. They appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the security forces and the tribesmen for the restoration of peace in Fata.
“After restoration of peace in the area, Pakistan Army had initiated this step to spread the light of education in Fata, and today’s [inauguration of the] cadet college is part of the COAS’s vision of educating the Fata youth,” Major General Malik told the gathering.
“General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been taking keen interest in the development of Fata. Last week, he inaugurated Nahki tunnel and the construction of Mohmand-Bajaur Expressway, which is a significant milestone in the development of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies,” he added.
Senator Rehman thanked the army for taking keen interest in the development of Fata, particularly General Bajwa for fulfilling his promise of construction of the cadet college in Mohmand agency in just one week.
“Today’s ground-breaking ceremony is the defeat of those who wanted destruction of Fata,” he said. He added the cadet college at the junction of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies, close to the Afghanistan border, would bring development to the region.