PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar on Thursday paid his first visit to Mohmand Agency where he addressed the representative jirga of tribal elders.

He said that peace had been restored in the agency after valuable sacrifices by the people as well as the law enforcement agencies. “Now we will not only maintain it but will also further strengthen it so as to embark on a massive development programme for the benefit of the common tribesmen,” he added.

The governor during his visit attended a briefing on situation and development initiatives in the agency.

He witnessed the final volleyball match between the teams of Upper and Lower Mohmand. He inaugurated tree plantation campaign in Fata by planting a sapling of olive in the premises of Mohmand Model School. He also launched three-day anti-polio campaign in the agency and administered polio drops to the children on this occasion.

Addressing the tribal jirga, the governor said that peace and development were interlinked and now it was the time to go for speedy development. The governor appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the people and elders as well as personnel of law enforcement agencies and added that they fully honour and respect those who laid down their lives for a national cause and peace and stability in the area.

The governor said that the government had fixed priorities for Fata development, adding that peace was the first priority followed by revamping and strengthening the education and health facilities.

“Students have suffered a lot over the preceding years, where many educational institutions have either been completely destroyed or partly damaged,” he said, assuring the jirga that the process of rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure had been initiated. The governor said that change had taken roots in Fata. “Amendments in the FCR and promulgation of Political Parties Order in Fata is the first step in this regard,” he said and added, “now it was up to political parties to create awareness and consensus on more reforms in FATA”. He said that Fata Tribunal was a full time judicial body, making access to justice easy for the people of tribal areas, which they never had any access to in the past.

Referring to the demands made in the welcome address, the governor assured the jirga that the process of payment of outstanding dues against the purchase of land for Cadet College would be expedited. He said that Rural Health Centres in the identified areas would be established gradually under the Annual Development Program. Regarding opening of Gorsal trade rout with Afghanistan, he said that it was under consideration.

He also responded positively to the demands regarding renaming of Munda Dam as Mohmand Dam, provision of funds for Nahqi Kandaw project and road links in the Agency.

Later, the governor also met a delegation of local leaders of different political parties. Talking to the delegation, he said that Aid to Civil Power law was being revisited to remove the reservations of certain quarters over it. He however said that opening a cell in the Fata Secretariat to locate the missing persons was also under consideration. He said that political parties were free to hold meeting and rallies in Fata but all these activities should be in the ambit of code of conduct and peaceful. He assured the delegation that political parties would be extended full cooperation and assistance by the administration in their political activities.