Corps Commander assures to address impediments in Fata-KP merger process

Akbar Ali

PESHAWAR: A delegation of Tribal Youth Jirga called on Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood at Bala Hisar Fort in Peshawar on Friday to discuss implements in the merger of erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The corps commander said all the impediments in the merger process will be addressed amicably and the tribal areas will soon get their share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award and seats in the KP Assembly. The corps commander said a complaint cell will also be set up in the tribal areas to resolve issues and address complaints. He also assured that progress will be made on the issue of missing persons.

Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood told the Jirga that visa condition on the Pak-Afghan border in Torkham will be relaxed. He said an industrial zone will be established to regularise the arms industry of Darra Adamkhel.

He said work on education and healthcare schemes in the tribal districts will be completed on priority basis. He said Army personnel will be removed from security check posts in the tribal districts and Frontier Corps and Levies personnel will replace them.