PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan Tuesday announced a package of Rs 3.5 billion for development of Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

“To restore peace and normalcy, it is top priority of the government. The sacrifices of Pak Army, Levies, other security forces and tribal elders are praiseworthy,” the governor said, addressing a big tribal jirga of Tirah Maidan, a far-flung valley of Khyber Agency. MNA Haji Shahji Gul, Senator Haji Khan, Fata Additional Chief Secretary Arbab Muhammad Arif, Principal Secretary to Governor Dr Muhammad Fakhr-e-Alam and other senior officials accompanied the governor.

On this occasion, the governor announced a package of Rs 3.5 billion for development of Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. The package, besides other projects, also encompasses 90-km-long road to link Tirah Valley with Barra of Khyber, Orakzai Agency and Sadda of Kurram Agency.

He also declared establishment of a model school alongside 16 normal schools in the valley. All the private schools of the valley will be sponsored through Fata Education Foundation and a D-Category hospital will also be established in the valley.

Appreciating the spirit of tribal elders, the governor said, he was quite conscious of the difficulties and miseries which the people of Tirah Maidan area of Khyber Agency had faced over the recent past and no effort would be spared to exploit all available resources for complete rehabilitation of the people.

“With the active support and cooperation of Pak Army and political administration, stability in real sense will be restored, damaged infrastructure reconstructed, all the affected people resettled in their own homes and socio-economic uplift activities launched with utmost efforts,” he added. For making all this possible, he said, small dams would also be constructed besides launching other projects. The area would become a model for the rest of the country, he claimed.

In fact, the governor said, restoration of peace and normalcy was a big challenging task and the time had come to convert the destruction of the past into a hub of constructive activities.

The dislocated people of Tirah Valley, he remarked, would be definitely resettled in their native places, which required complete unity at every level. “To ensure peaceful atmosphere in the entire country, improvement of the law and order situation in Fata is the foremost requirement,” he said. “The future of all of us is closely linked to prosperity and development of our beloved country and to make this possible, we have to focus on future wellbeing instead of expressing sorrows over the past agonies,” he remarked. Whatever the promises, the present government has made with the people, as far as development and reconstruction is concerned will be materialised. In this connection, he added, cheques to the tune of Rs 25,000 to each affected family had been delivered.

The governor also announced creation of 200 new levy posts and removal of grievances of the tribal people relating to Nadra.

Meanwhile, the governor was informed that 15,000 children of the valley were administered polio drops, besides dispensing vaccine to 2,551 children at the transit points. The governor was further informed that out of 150,000 dislocated tribal people of the valley, 80,000 had already been rehabilitated.