Govt to set up military base in Swat

Published: January 16, 2014
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PM Nawaz launches his Youth Programme in Mingora. PHOTO: PPI

PM Nawaz launches his Youth Programme in Mingora. PHOTO: PPI

SWAT: 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the setting up of a permanent military base in Swat Valley. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has, in principle, approved and announced a brigade-level cantonment for Swat and (adjacent) Malakand areas,” his office said in a statement, adding that the approval came during his visit to Swat. “The prime minister lauded the role played by the army in bringing peace and stability to the area,” it added.

Earlier addressing a ceremony held for the promotion of the Prime Minister Youth Loan Scheme in Saidu Sharif, he said the people of Swat deserved the scheme the most. The government wants to encourage the youth to contribute to the country’s development, especially with peace restored in the area after a prolonged wave of militancy, the premier said.

He appreciated the people of Swat as they did not lose courage despite the mass displacement.

All the provinces will get their due share under the scheme according to their population and merit. The premier said he had wanted to introduce developmental packages for the youth in his previous terms as well, but he was not given the chance.

National Bank’s Board of Governors Chairman Munir Kamal also threw light on the loan scheme. A recorded message describing the scheme’s salient features was also played, which was interrupted due to technical glitches, at which the premier showed his displeasure to the administration.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah, Adviser to Prime Minister Amir Muqam, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Javed Abbasi and PML-N’s Central General Secretary Iqbal Zafar Jhagra were present at the occasion, however, no official of the provincial government attended the ceremony. Security was beefed up and the Mingora-Saidu Sharif road was closed, causing traffic jams.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jan 16, 2014 - 4:32AM

    I really hope this will help, but I doubt it will do anything to curb radicalisation. So far Raheel Sharif has impressed me. But I think this military base will be more effective once Americans leave afghanistan.Recommend

  • yousuf
    Jan 16, 2014 - 5:15AM

    Vacation resort for officers. At the expense of locals

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  • Aamro
    Jan 16, 2014 - 6:16AM

    @yousuf:
    Better than the place becoming resort for the barbarians across the borther

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 7:16AM

    It must be successful if it has sincerity of purpose.and no political end.

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  • palwashey
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:24AM

    @yousuf:
    Without the expense of these fine soldier you will get fried in the vacation resort area, people like you are ungrateful, and thankless human beings.

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  • BILAL
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:20AM

    @yousuf:
    Bro, True that..

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  • amir
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:33AM

    de-radicalization comes through modern education and madrassa reforms. i don’t understand how cantonment would solve this problem .why don’t they set up cantonments in FATA ?

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 10:00AM

    @yousuf: It surprises me and many commenters how you think and ink. With these brave, stoic fighters around in Swat the Taliban will think twice before ruining peoples’ lives. Please don’t think like this any more. Thanx and Salams

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  • Umer
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:52AM

    @yousuf:

    Vacation resort for officers. At the expense of locals

    Absolutely! We all know who setup Fazlullah in Swat in the very first place and then refused to take action against shim even when Fazlullah was broadcasting from swat for years.

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