Parliament, Cabinet not consulted on FATA
Plan to bring Socio-economic-politico changes in FATA: Zardari
Govt to maintain state’s writ at all cost: Afrasiyab
The Parliamentary Leader of FATA in the National Assembly Munir Khan Orakzai has said Musharraf is impressed from the USA and the present government is following his policy regarding FATA. In an interview Munir Khan said that MNAs from FATA would meet soon to consider situation in Khyber Agency. He said that jirga should visit the area adding that he believes that situation would improve soon. He said that in the meeting in Prime Minister House in which General Kiyani and other participated it was decided that decisions of the parliament would be implemented and policy regarding FATA would also be decided by it. But it didn’t happen, Orakzai said.
For improving situation in the tribal areas, the Parliamentary Leader of FATA proposed a jirga consisting of Asfandiyar Wali Khan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Maulana Fazlurehman, Maulana Sameeul Haq and MNAs from FATA and some other MNAs from ANP JUI (S) and JUI (F). He said that jirga should visit the area adding that he believes that situation would improve soon. He said that in the meeting in Prime Minister House in which General Kiyani and other participated it was decided that decision of the parliament would be implemented and policy regarding FATA would also be decided by it. But it didn’t happened, Orakzai said.
The Pakistan People Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said the government plans to bring economic, political and social transformation of the tribal areas and integrate these areas into the mainstream of Pakistani society. He said this in his key note address at the Socialist International Congress here on Tuesday. Zardari urged the world to convene a South and Central Asia Regional Conference to coordinate a multi-faceted international programme to not only contain terrorism militarily but to choke off the social and economic oxygen of the fire of terrorism by rebuilding the economies and infrastructure of the region.
He said Pakistan stood against terrorism as partners to the civilized world adding we are fighting for the very cause of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan had suffered more in the war against terrorism than any other nation including the United States on September 11th. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan is facing a looming energy and water crisis that threatened its resurgence. He said that to meet this challenge the government will generate 2,200 megawatts of power this year and tackle the water issue on an emergency basis. He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto’s life was taken away from her but no one can take away her dreams and her vision that inspired the entire world. Men and women can be killed but great ideas are immortal, he said.
Awami National Party (ANP) Provincial President Afrasiyab Khattak has asserted that the government would not let anyone challenge the writ of the state. Talking to private TV channel ARYONE WORLD, he said the Dir agreement is working smoothly whereas there are some problems for the government in Swat but the agreement there will remain in place. He said the government has signed two peace agreements in Dir and Swat and it is determined to keep them intact. He said, “We are hopeful that locals in the area of Swat will cooperate according to the agreement despite difficulties.” However, the government will maintain writ of the state at all costs, he said. The ANP leader said peace negotiations are the only viable way to resolve problems.-SANA