By Mehrab Afridi
LANDI KOTAL, 09 July: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra inaugurated potable water supply scheme in Landi Khana area of Landi kotal sub-division of Khyber Agency on Saturday.
The scheme worth Rs. 220 million, will be completed in a span of one year which would help providing clean drinking water to 80 percent population of the area.
Speaking to a tribal Jirga of Shinwari, Zakhakhel, Shalmani, Kokikhel and other elders from Khyber Agency after the groundbreaking ceremony of the water scheme, the governor said the government was compelled to conduct military operations after several rounds of peace talks failed with the Taliban groups. “We can say that peace has been restored in FATA due to the unmatchable sacrifices of tribal people and security forces”, he said.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra offered special prayers for the soul of martyred Pakistan Army major Jawad Khan Changezi, who lost his life while defending Pakistan border line at Torkham. He said Jawad was national hero as all Pakistanis salute his bravery and courage that he showed in the Pak-Afghan border Torkham clash last month. He announced Rs. 500,000 for the family of Jawad.
Later, while talking to reporters Jhagra said that all the Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan would be sent back to Afghanistan. He said they were in contact with the Afghan government to voluntarily send Afghan refugees to their country.
Regarding to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the governor said that repatriation of displaced people had been already started and would be completed till the end of this year.
He said that the fate of FATA would be decided with the consent of all tribal people.
Meanwhile, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra distributed cheques among 67 families of security personnel and civilians who were killed and injured in different incidents of terrorism.
Political Agent of Khyber Agency, Khalid Mehmood, Senator Momeen Khan, tribal elders and Christian and Sikh community members were also present on the occasion.