MIRANSHAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to North Waziristan tribal district on Monday announced various welfare packages in the fields of health, education, employment and administration for the tribal districts.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the prime minister announced the packages while addressing a combined Jirga of elders from North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

Imran Khan announced 3 percent share of the tribal districts in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award and early conduct of local bodies and provincial elections to ensure transfer of power to grass root level. He announced police reforms and resolved to address all concerns of Levies and Khassadars by ensuring their jobs security. He said the system of Dispute Resolution Council (DRC) will ensure speedy justice and resolution of all issues through consultation.

The premier announced establishment of a medical college along with hospital for North and South Waziristan, university for North Waziristan, Army Cadet College for North Waziristan, health insurance cards for residents of merged districts and tele-medics system to fulfil deficiencies of specialist doctors. The PM also announced mega share from jobs for merged districts as offered by Qatar, enrolment in Police and Frontier Corps, special quota for under developed regions (almost double to existing), restoration of cellular service in North and South Waziristan, loans for house building, effort to address issue of power load-shedding, Nadra facilitation to ensure speedy CNIC process and solar panels for mosques. Imran Khan also announced provision of interest-free loans, provision of computers and development of sports grounds in the tribal districts. “A new Pakistan is in the making,” Imran Khan said while announcing the schemes.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa key federal and provincial ministers, KP Governor Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mehmood Khan accompanied the prime minister during the visit.

Upon arrival, the PM laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument. He was briefed in detail about operations conducted, ongoing stability operations, rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), socio-economic development projects and fencing along the Pak-Afghan border. He also visited Ghulam Khan border terminal and saw the border fencing.

Imran Khan greatly appreciated people of erstwhile Fata/KP who had gone through very challenging and difficult times while facing terrorism. He hailed achievements of the Pakistan Army, all other security forces and intelligence agencies for their successful operations against terrorists.

“No other country or their armed forces have done what Pakistan and its armed forces have done in war against terrorism”, the prime minister said. He said that we have fought an imposed war inside our country as our war at a very heavy cost of sweat and blood and lose to our socio-economic fibre.

“We shall not fight any such war again inside Pakistan,” the prime minister pledged. The prime minister said that we are for peace beyond borders especially in Afghanistan. “We shall play our role in Afghan peace process along with other stakeholders as peace in Afghanistan is critical for achieving enduring peace in Pakistan,” he said..

The prime minister paid rich tributes to the martyrs and their families who have sacrificed so much for the safety, security and prosperity of the people of Pakistan and the motherland.