PESHAWAR: Kicking off debate on steps taken so far taken for the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure of Tribal districts, KP assembly leader of Opposition, Akram Khan Durrani said that JUI-F had opposed merger as the feared the government will be unable to facilitate tribesmen.

Durrani said that today, both the federal and provincial governments are baffled about the way to streamline the issue.

He said that the government should explain the plan for utilization of Rs100 billion and three per cent from NFC to be spent in tribal districts. The KP assembly with Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani in a chair Tuesday held a threadbare debate on steps taken so far for rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure of Tribal districts.

Debate on rehabilitation of merged districts was the main agenda of assembly’s proceedings.

The JUI-F leader raised a question about the quota system in jobs and admission for students adding that the people are facing problems in land registration and mutation system. He suggested for the voluntary return of illegal weapons from tribesmen and handing over legal weapons to them for their safety.

Parliamentary Leader of Awami National Party (ANP) in KP Assembly, Sardar Hussain Babak said that after 70 years the erstwhile FATA became part of KP that is a good step but now it is need of the hour to facilitate them. He said that unfortunately terrorists from across the globe were settled there and dwellers of the area were governed under draconian Frontier Crime Regulation. Babak said that millions of houses were damaged, businesses lost, infrastructure including schools, hospitals was destroyed during the war on terror. He requested the government to increase fund for rehabilitation of tribal districts.

Babak said that the tribal people were deprived of modern communication technologies including 3G and 4G and millions of their CNICs were blocked. He said that their provincial seats should be increased to 24 from 16 in tribal.

Inayatullah Khan of Jama’at Islami (JI) said that erstwhile FATA was a defence of Pakistan and its people played a vital role to defend the country against enemies. He informed the House that according to the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) 66,989 houses were completely destroyed in erstwhile FATA, while 38754 were partially damaged.

He said that a total of 1195 schools were damaged in which 700 were completely destroyed. Similarly, 52 per cent population is poor and do not have basic amenities of life, 33 per cent is the literacy rate in which seven per cent ratio is of women, Inayat continued.

Parliamentary Leader of PMLN, Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota pointed that millions of tribesmen have been deprived of inclusion in the census as they were abroad and requested for again holding of the census. He also demanded to hold of local bodies election in tribal districts.

Shah Muhammad Khan Wazir of PTI said that he belongs to tribal belt and well aware of their problems so the government should take a keen interest in their rehabilitation.

Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai while summing up the debate said that indeed the tribal people became affected due to war on terror and the government is taking initiatives to develop erstwhile FATA. He said that the cabinet meeting today approved Youth employment schemes and would give free interest loan to them for business.

He said that three per cent from NFC Award must be given to tribal districts for their rehabilitation. Shaukat Yousafzai said that the government is endeavouring to start trade with Afghanistan that would strengthen the economy of Pakistan as well as tribal districts.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (Amendment) Bill was also tabled in the house.

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