SWAT: A meeting is expected between NWFP government and local Taliban in few days to analyze the peace pact status between two sides, the DIG of Mala Kand Tanveer-ul-Haque told Geo News on Monday. He said that the peace pact with local Taliban in Swat and Mala Kand Division was continuous and the articles of the peace pacts were being practiced in the region. According to the peace pact, 16 Taliban were released while more Taliban were to set free, he further added.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said the federal government in collaboration with NWFP government is focusing on the provision of basic necessities of life to the people and development of infrastructure in all areas of NWFP. He was talking to a delegation of ANP MNAs including Federal Minister for Local Government Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Mateen Khan, Muzaffar ul Mulk, Arbab Zahir, Pervaiz Khan, Pir Dilawar, Ms. Jamila Gilani, Ms. Bushra Gohar and Ms. Khursheed Begum. The Prime Minister said the government is giving top priority to improving law and order situation in the country and stabilizing the economic situation.
He said that PPP and ANP are development-oriented and progressive parties and are jointly working for increasing employment opportunities, improving law and order and for the empowerment of women in the province. The Prime Minister said the government is conscious of the problems of people and steps are being taken for solving them on priority.
He asked parliamentarians to spend more time in their constituencies in order to become better aware of the people’s problems. Gilani specifically mentioned the Prime Minister’s special initiative which aims at the eradication of hepatitis in the country. He said that extremist and terrorist elements have brought bad name to Islam as well as the country. The Prime Minister emphasized the government will not enter into any agreement with the militants and dialogue would be held only with those who have laid down their arms and have joined mainstream political activities.
The parliamentarians thanked the Prime Minister for providing development funds worth Rs. 10 million to them, immediately after assuming office, despite economic constraints being faced by the country. They also congratulated the Prime Minister on the passage of the poor-friendly budget under difficult economic conditions.-SANA