PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said the government will make decisions in the light of tribal traditions and would protect the jirga system. He added the legal vacuum created would soon be filled by the laws prevail in other parts of the country.

He was addressing the levies passing out parade in Bajaur where he also announced Shuhda package for the levies on the pattern of police Shuhda package.

MNA Gul Zafar, Provincial government spokesman Ajmal Khan Wazir, Inspector General FC North Major General Rahat Naseem Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Malakand, officers of Bajur district administration, Sector Commander North, Army officers, Tribal elders, Levies Jawan and other prominent figures attended the functions.

Addressing the occasions, He promised that the time when he visits these areas, he would have resolved all of their problems.

Mahmood Khan told the gathering about the comprehensive developmental plan for the overall development and mainstreaming of newly merged districts. He added all ministers have been directed to visit the new districts. He said he has already held a meeting with the Prime Minister Imran Khan who has expressed keenness in the rapid mainstreaming of new districts.

He added that the Prime Minister has directed him for visits to the new districts in order to personally observe the people grievances. His government in the initial 100 days plan has recommended different steps that would bring about a positive impact on the collective and individual life of the people of the new districts.

He said health and education were some areas where steps would be taken on an emergency basis, the Sehat Insaf Card would be extended to the new districts, almost all departments have been extended to new districts adding that the vacuum created by the elimination of FCR would be filled by the country’s laws.

He said that despite the abolition of Article 247 of the constitution, there would be no taxes for FATA and PATA for the next five years. His government would fulfil all the promises made with the tribal adding that elections of local bodies and provincial assembly would be conducted soon in the new districts. They would have representation in the local body system and the provincial assembly.

The Chief Minister also visited the Shakas area in Tehsil Bara and visited the radicalisation centre. Inspector general FC North Major General Rahat Naseem, MNA Iqbal Afridi and tribal elders were also present on this occasion. The tribal elders complained that decisions are being enforced on them without their consultation. The tribal told the CM that the government has to take them into confidence. Mehmood Khan while addressing the gathering ensured that they will be taken on board in deciding the issues of the tribal area. “neither you will submit to any tax nor there will be any reduction in the announced grant from tribal areas,” the CM ensured the tribal elders.

Bajaur political alliance boycotted the Chief Minister visit and said that he has not announced any mega project for the district. While addressing a press conference at Press Club, the president of alliance Waheed Gul said that “The visit was not more than a photo session.”  He added that despite the government claims of no VIP culture, the CM during his visit has blocked all the roads which put the public in a huge problem. He alleged that real public representatives were not invited but only those who have opposed the tribal areas merger with KP were invited to the ceremony.