Visit to North Waziristan: ‘Resources aplenty for IDPs’

K-P governor praises army for the operation and taking care of the displaced persons

Our Correspondent August 09, 2014


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said there will be no dearth of resources to take care of the people driven from their homes because of the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and their rehabilitation in their hometown.

According to an official handout issued by the K-P Governor House, the governor said this during his visit on Friday to the NWA, where Zarb-e- Azb’s Operation Commander Major Gen Zafarullah Khan briefed him on advancements, successes and future targets of the operation at Army Division Headquarters at Miramshah, the agency headquarters.

“We all earnestly desire to witness a smooth and congenial atmosphere within the agency at the earliest so that the displaced tribes return to their homes with honour,” he added.

He said the government would spare no efforts to ensure security, prosperity and development of the nation as a better tomorrow for the coming generations was its supreme objective.

The governor commended the valuable services and material contribution of the army in taking care of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) while successfully continuing the Zarb-e-Azb.

He hoped that the day is not far when complete peace and normalcy would be restored in the agency and the government would join hands to wage a fresh struggle not only for the rehabilitation and development of the agency but also the rest of Fata.

The press release said the governor, who is the first political figure to visit NWA since the start of the operation, also visited Miramshah Bazar and met with soldiers.

Talking to the soldiers, he said the immortal sacrifices being rendered by the jawans and officers of the Pakistan Army were the precious treasure of the national history.

“We also salute the mothers of our jawans and officers whose sons are facing difficult circumstances with courage and offering sacrifices with exemplary spirit in our struggle for making security of the country impregnable and ensuring better future for the coming generations,” he added.

He said the last decade represented a unique chapter of our national history in which more than four thousand soldiers and officers had embraced martyrdom along with thousands of civilians in a struggle to ensure security and stability of the country.

“If we, as a nation, are living in peace today, it beyond doubt is because of the sacrifices and courageous role played by the sons of nation like you,” he said.

A lawmaker from NWA Haji Muhammad Nazir Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, FATA Additional Chief Secretary Arbab Muhammad Arif and NWA Political Agent Siraj Ahmad Khan accompanied the governor during the visit.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th,2014.


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