Mir Ali: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told Temporarily Displaced People (TDP) today that peace has been restored in Waziristan, assuring that schools, colleges and hospitals will be built in the area.

“Peace has been established in Waziristan and conditions in the area have become stable,” the prime minister said at a briefing on Zarb-e-Azb addressing TDPs in Mir Ali, North Waziristan . Accompanied by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, the prime minister reviewed the process of return of the displaced persons of North Waziristan .

Appreciating the tireless work of the army and the lives lost during the operation, Nawaz said it is because of their sacrifices that peace is being restored.

Nawaz Sharif said that the army had looked after the welfare of the displaced persons and had played an exemplary role in cleansing Waziristan of terrorists. "Peace has been established in North Waziristan and the Pakistan Army deserves praise for its sacrifices made in this regard. The military played the main role in the rehabilitation of displaced persons and the situation in region has been made favorable," he said.

He said the tribal people had to leave their homes for a limited period, to help the security forces carry out an effective operation against terrorists in the area.

Premier Sharif said those who had to leave their homes exhibited patience and courage, would now live peacefully in their homes. "The development of the tribal areas at a fast pace and the establishment of peace there is important for us," he said.

The prime minister announced that the displaced would be provided with a transport allowance and cash grant on their return. He said that the government would also provide the operation's affectees with resources to reconstruct their homes.

The Prime Minister was briefed that most of the areas in North Waziristan have been cleared of terrorists, in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan, and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif accompanied the prime minister.

Just last month, about 203 IDPs returned to their homes under the watchful eye of law enforcement agencies. A new phase of repatriation to return IDPs to their homes commenced on March 16 and according to the political administration, at least 1,300 families have so far settled into their homes.

Earlier, the premier visited Peshawar to meet the victims who were affected by the rains in the area. He was received by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan. Nawaz handed over cheques to the rain and storm affected people of Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera.