President’s meeting with KPK PPP parliamentarians

Islamabad: A delegation comprising of parliamentarian from PPP belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa late Thursday night called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-sadr. The delegation comprised of MNA Mr. Mehboob-ullah Jan, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, Syed Alla-ud-din, Malik Azmat, Mr. Lal Mohammad Khan, Syed Akhunzada Chitan and Senator Sardar Ali.

War against militancy, developmental projects in the province and issues related to their constituencies were discussed during the meeting. Discussing political situation, the President said that the PPP Government having firm conviction in the principles of the democracy was following the policy of reconciliation and taking along all its partners and allies with it in all the matters of national importance. He said that the challenges the present government inherited were huge and demand consensus based responses.

The President said that we believe in respecting and honoring the legitimate wishes of the people and that is why PPP was in the forefront when the people wanted to rename their province as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that changing of the status of Kala Dhaka from a Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) to that of a settled area was yet another manifestation of real meanings of democracy and the representative government.

Talking to the delegation members, the President reiterated the Government’s resolve of bringing the far flung areas of the country into the mainstream of national life. He said that the reforms in tribal areas that included suitable amendments in FCR and extension of Political Parties Order to the tribal areas had already been announced and will be implemented as soon as the security situation stabilizes.

While discussing war against terror, the President said that the scourge of militancy had pushed the province backward thus completely halting the socio-economic development of the region. He said that the Government was trying its best to compensate the past negligence of socio-economic development of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and that of people of the tribal areas by focusing on provision of new vistas of opportunities, both economic as well as political, in order to bring the people of these area into the mainstream, on one hand, and to wean away the frustrated and unemployed youth from militancy and extremism, on the other. He said that the war that the Government and the people had waged against militancy was a long drawn battle which will continue till the country was rid of militants and extremists. The President said that the sacrifices made by the people of the area were immense and will never go waste. The President said that the Government was aware of the problems of the people of the area and that is why it was continuously pleading its case with the international community to assist the Government in providing better alternatives to the people.

The members of delegation while highlighting issues concerning their constituencies thanked the President for his keen interest in development of their respective areas and to address their issues. The President advised them to reach out to the people of far flung areas and highlight their problems for their early redressal.

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