Islamabad: The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Masood Kausar on Wednesday assured that the issue of Community Schools in FATA and their teachers would be decided on merit, adding that all those schools working properly would be restored and the teacher given their due rights. “I am already in picture about the whole issue and have directed the FATA Secretariat to review it and do the needful on merit”, he said.
He was talking to a group of FATA Senators and Members National Assembly, who called on him here at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House. The delegation, headed by Hamidullah Jan Afridi MNA remained with the Governor for some time and held detailed discussions on a number of FATA related issues, including Community Schools, Annual Development Program and up gradation of Grid Station in Sadda Kurram Agency.
The Governor said that the performance of FATA Community Schools was being reviewed and those working properly would be restored and their teachers would be given their due rights. He said that keeping in view the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and the direction of President Asif Ali Zardari, all out efforts will be made to give maximum benefits to the people of FATA. Up gradation of Sadda Grid Station also come up for discussion and the Governor assured that the work in this regard will be done on merit.
The Governor said that the annual development program will be prepared in consultation with the elected representatives from FATA and their inputs will be given due weightage in this regard. He assured the delegation that FATA parliamentarians would be taken along in all matters and decision about FATA.
The Governor appreciated the support from FATA parliamentarians at the national front as well as in the affairs of FATA. He said that he himself and the government had always treated the elected representatives in high esteem and as a matter of principle they would always be taken on board while taking any decision about tribal areas.
“The FATA Reforms were given final shape after taking along all the stake holders including FATA parliamentarians”, the Governor reminded the delegation and added that the present government believed in meaningful consultations, which was a true democratic way of dealing issues of national interest.
As regard FATA development, the Governor said that it was our mission to see the tribal areas moving ahead to achieve real progress in every field. “Although education is our first priority after peace, yet other social sectors are also being focused equally under a balance development strategy”, he said. The Governor assured the delegation with regard to the future of FATA saying that the government would respect the wishes and aspirations of the people and would honour their decision in this regard.
Parliamentarians assured the Governor of their full support and backing in his efforts and initiatives for peace and development in FATA. They in this regard particularly mentioned the FATA Reforms and termed it a landmark achievement in the history of the tribal areas.
They were of the opinion that the package of amendments in the FCR was an historical step towards justice and equality in FATA as it has absolved the people of FATA from many unjust laws and excessive attitude which they had been faced to since the colonial era.
FATA parliamentarians said that the people of FATA were truly loyal to the country and ambitious to see their areas peaceful and developed and hoped that the pace of progress would be further enhanced to the entire satisfaction of the people of FATA.
Those called on the Governor included Mohammad Kamran Khan MNA from North Waziristan , Zafar Beg Bhittani MNA from FRs, Senator Haji Khan Afridi from Khyber Agency and Senator Rashid Ahmad Khan from Kurram Agency.
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