Govt focusing on uplift of remote areas in Fata

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KHAR: Pakistan Muslim League-N MNA from Bajaur Agency Shahabuddin Khan on Monday said that provision of basic and modern civic facilities to the backward areas was the government priority. He was talking to a delegation of elders belonging to various tribes of the agency at his residence in Pashat here on Monday. The lawmaker said that the PML-N-led federal government was taking keen interest in the development of Fata as it had increased funds for the region under the Annual Development Programme. Shahbuddin Khan claimed that he had been making efforts to get approved adequate funds to provide basic life facilities for the far-flung areas.

The lawmaker said that improving education and health sectors in the agency were his top priorities.

Referring to the Rs1 billion development package announced by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor for Bajaur, the MNA said that funds would be equally distributed in all the areas.

The lawmaker said that reforms to the tribal system were necessary for sustainable development, adding that lives of tribesmen couldn’t be improved unless the old system changed. However, he assured the elders that the reforms won’t affect the customs of the tribal areas.

On the occasion, the elders informed the lawmaker about the problems facing the people of their areas and asked him to take concrete steps for their resolution.

The MNA called upon the elders to continue supporting security forces in eliminating militancy from the agency.