Political activities in full swing in North Waziristan after Fata-KP merger

Sakeenullah Dawar

MIRANSHAH: Political activates have got momentum in North Waziristan tribal district after merger of erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and return of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs).

Sherullah Wazir, provincial general secretary of the National Youth Organisation, which is a youth body of the Awami National Party (ANP), Tuesday visited Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, and arranged a gathering there for the party organisation building and making it more active and vibrant.

Besides the Youth Organisation’s general secretary, other activists including Hikmat Pakhtun, Tehseen Dawar and Nasir Dawar were conspicuous attendees. The meeting decided that the organisation will be made vibrant and active and focus will be paid to its organisation building. It was decided that the new office-bearers of the organisation will be elected in the next meeting in Mir Ali on coming Sunday. All the party activists have been informed to take active part in the organisation building and select those office holders who they consider the best to serve the area and resolve its problems.

The military operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in North Waziristan tribal district on 15 June, 2014. The clearance operation concluded in 2017. According to the estimates of the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), over 92,000 families were displaced from North Waziristan during the military operation. Most of the displaced people had gone to different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mostly Peshawar, while some families had also moved to Afghanistan. About 98 percent of the displaced people have returned to their native areas and the government is now paying attention to their rehabilitation and carrying out development projects.

Routine life activities gradually resumed after the return of the displaced people. Along with other activities, people are also taking active part in political activities as was visible during the general elections in the tribal districts. A large number of candidates from different political parties took part in the elections, while several independent candidates were also seen in the contest. The general public also showed great enthusiasm and a close contest was witnessed among different candidates.

Now the political parties and candidates have set eyes on the upcoming elections in the provincial constituencies of the tribal districts and they have already started preparations for the mega exercise.