PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi has said that due to successful military operation against terrorists in Fata peace is prevailing in the region and repatriation of TDPs is underway.

Talking to US Ambassador Richard Olson who paid a farewell visit here at Governor's House on Saturday, Governor Abbasi said 1st phase of the dignified repatriation of TDPs of South Waziristan Agency had completed. As many as 40,000 families of North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency had repatriated to their respective areas.

US Council General Jon F Danilowicz, Lt-Gen Anthony J Rock (Chief of ODRP), Ms Elizabeth Threlkeld (Pol/Eco Officer) were also present on the occasion.

Governor Abbasi apprised the US ambassador of the administrative reforms introduced in Fata coupled with the ongoing process of strengthening of administrative system to protect basic rights of the people and ensure stability and security in the area.

All these measures, he added, had been incurring a highly positive response and the government was heading forward in line with the aspirations of the people of Fata.

Referring to potential for economic development in Fata, the governor said that the revival of small industries in Fata would offer tremendous opportunities for economic development and generate employment opportunities. It would expedite trade and business opportunities for the people of Fata. Moreover, mineral deposits in Fata would also offer tremendous opportunities for employment and concrete measures were underway for its development.

Governor Abbasi said prevailing situation of law and order was improving day by day and the civil administration was on the track, playing pivotal role in the repatriation and rehabilitation of TDPs to their homeland. He said 35,000 families to Khyber Agency and 40,000 families to North Waziristan Agency had been repatriated. He mentioned repatriation to Khyber Agency would be completed by the mid of August. He thanked the US ambassador for his support in the tribal areas.