PESHAWAR, 13 December: The University of Peshawar (UoP)’s Cell for Fata organized a one-day workshop on “Economic Growth in Fata” to highlight business aspects and prospects of industrialization in tribal areas.

Member of National Assembly Dr. Ghazi Gulab Jamal, vice chancellor of the UoP, Dr. Rasool Jan, senior journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai, faculty members and large number of students attended the workshop.

The speakers noted that the tribal areas of Pakistan were rich in minerals and other natural resources. They said that if government paid proper attention to these resources, it would contribute a lot in the financial development of the tribal belt.

They further said that weapons manufacturing industry in Fata was yet another encouraging sector. They said that these industries could general huge revenue if the government provided legal cover and protection to the business.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ghazi Gulab Jamal said that the Fata reforms process was not just limited to its merger in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Rather, he added, the government had planned a comprehensive package for the tribal areas to bring them at par with rest of the country.

He informed that the government had proposed merger of Fata in KP, the repatriation of all the internally displaced persons, holding of Local Government elections, establishing new educational and health institutions, six percent share for Fata in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, creating 30,000 new vacancies in the Levies force and allocation of scholarships and special seats in higher education institutes for the students of tribal areas.

He added that the merger of Fata in KP would be gradually completed in five years.