Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday the provincial government would build 2,000 houses in North Waziristan on behalf of the government and the people of the Punjab.
He was addressing displaced persons of North Waziristan at Baka Khel in Bannu, on the second day of Eid.
He said the government would also build a hospital in North Waziristan at a cost of Rs1 billion.
The chief minister said the government would set up a university and build Danish schools for boys and girls in the area.
He said the government of the Punjab was providing fodder for the livestock of displaced people and had set up a mobile hospital. The chief minister said Rs280 million had been distributed among 40,000. He said the government aimed to distribute financial aid to 54,000 displaced families in the next few days.
He said financial assistance would again be provided to 54,000 families in August.
The chief minister paid tributes to the Pakistan Army and said its efforts in the war against terrorism would not be forgotten.
He said curbing extremism was no less important than the 1965 war with India.
He said Pakistan was fighting for its survival and the people of the country stood should-to-shoulder with their armed forces.
Sharif said people of North Waziristan were benefactors of the nation as they had left their homes for the survival of the country.
The chief minister further said the tribal people had played a historic role for the creation of Pakistan and for its stability.
He said it was tragic that Pakistan today was not what was envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He said there was a need to promote brotherhood and justice to transform Pakistan in accordance with the vision of the country’s founding father.
He said Independence Day was around the corner and every member of the society should ask themselves why Jinnah’s dream had not materialised.
He said prosperity could not be achieved without peace.
The chief minister said the energy crisis threatened to destabilise Pakistan’s economy. He said the government had started a number of energy projects to cope with the crisis.
“Peace and development go hand-in-hand,” he said. “Establishing the writ of the state is a perquisite for peace.”
He said those threatening the existence of Pakistan would soon know that its people stood united against terrorism.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2014.