SWAT: The elders of Swat have urged the government to ensure safety to the people and to initiate development projects for reviving tourism and education in the valley.
According to a press release, speaking at a Qaomi Jirga on Sunday appealed to the local administration to repair all major roads from Landakey to Kalam on a priority and requested security forces to “behave politely with the tourists on all check posts”.
The speakers expressed concern over the numerous educational institutes destroyed during militancy and floods in the valley that are yet to be reconstructed.
They demanded the government to “immediately” reconstruct the destroyed schools and to vacate the ones occupied by security forces.
“It is high time that educational process is streamlined in the valley,” said a speaker.
The jirga members condemned “terrorist attacks” on Pakhtun buses in interior Sindh and demanded the government to compensate the bereaved families and to ensure safety to Pakhthuns.
They said that the government must arrest the culprits and punish them according to law, “else such incidents would bear fearful consequences”.
Of those who attended the jirga included Mohmmad Ali Khan, Mukhtiar Yousafzai, Sher Shah Khan, Ziauddin Yosafzai, Haji Zahid Khan, Abdul Khaliq Khan, Haji Rasool Khan, Fazal Maula, Ahmad Shah Khan, Umar Ali Yousafzai, Khwaja Khan, Fazal Ahad Khan and Khurshaid Kakaji.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2012.
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