Minority MPA from ex-Fata

Published: August 17, 2019
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Wilson Wazir is the first from the minority communities of tribal districts to become a member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly. His is the story of humility, perseverance and dedicated service to fellow humans. He was among several applicants for the lone reserved seat for minorities from the recently merged tribal districts in the provincial assembly. He topped the list for his educational qualification and services to community development. He was awarded with the Pride of Performance in 2015 for his social work. He has recently joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

A Christian from Landi Kotal of Khyber tribal district, Wazir is a man of humble origin. He, along with his two brothers, lives in a four-room government servant quarter in Landi Kotal Degree College residential colony. The quarter was allotted to his late father 30 years ago. He has a master’s degree in chemistry and another master’s in education with a teaching experience of more than 10 years. He says it was his mother’s desire to achieve excellence in education so he knows that the key to success is education.

Wazir and others worked tirelessly to win the right for minorities to acquire tribal domicile. Their struggle bore fruit as recently the minorities achieved the right to acquire tribal domicile. He says minorities in the erstwhile Fata were not entitled to local domicile despite living in the region for more than a century. He says the minorities in the tribal districts have other economic and social problems for the resolution of which he will raise his voice in the legislature. He says he will work for the betterment of all communities. We appreciate the measures the government has taken for the welfare of the minorities. No nation can make real progress without including the minorities in the march to development.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2019.

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