Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday that in spite of political issues, other provinces should come forward to help develop Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa which had suffered immensely due to the US-led war on terror.
Malik visited the Frontier Corps (FC) Headquarters, where he laid floral wreaths at the memorials of fallen soldiers, and announced residential flats and homes as compensation for the families of the deceased personnel of the force. Commenting on the war, he said that “we are not fighting this war for ourselves but for the world, and the United States should respect our sovereignty and the decision of our Parliament against drone attacks.”
Talking to the media, Malik claimed that groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had split apart and their leaders Maulana Waliur Rehman and Hakimullah Mehsud had gone into hiding. “Still we offer them the chance to lay down their arms and talk to us,” he mentioned, adding that the government wanted peace in the region, but the militants were creating problems from across the border in Afghanistan as weapons were being smuggled from Kandahar.
The interior minister went on to add that development in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) had lagged behind other provinces due to terrorist activities that have plagued the region
for a decade.
Commenting on the ongoing strikes of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) employees, Malik said that the prime minister will authorise an application to regularise Nadra employees, but warned that those who were still violating the rules by beating up policemen and damaging government property will be taken to task.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2012.