MALAKAND - Speakers at a seminar on Sunday severely criticised the elected representatives of Malakand division, Momand Agency and Bajaur Agency for not working at any welfare-oriented mega project that could bring prosperity, development and employment opportunities for the people of the remote tribal areas.

The seminar, which was held under the auspices of the Utman Khel Qaumi Movement (UQM), was also addressed by central president of UQM Haji Shah Wali Khan. Many other tribal elders were also present on the occasion. Over 300 notables attended the event, which was held at Naray Oba and Jabagai, Malakand Agency.

The speakers called upon all tribes of Bajauri, Malaizi, Wazirs, Mehsuds, Mashwani, Roadbari and Tarkalani etc to join the Uthman Khel Qaumi Movement (UQM) for the rights of the oppressed and neglected population of FATA. “No one is sincere with the tribes and wants to keep us uneducated and deprived so that they take dollars from the international community and foreign donors for our blood which is shed unabated and for no reasons, he said. Shamshad Angar said the UQM shall soon become a force like MQM in Karachi who listens to their leader and go for any limits of sacrifices if their leader asks them.”

“We should forge a strong unity and organization like MQM and shall not fight other nations and tribes but the exploitative feudals and corrupt elements of the society,” said Ghulam Khan Kaka. Jahan Zarin, General Secretary, UQM said that time has come that other political parties and the international community should talk to the tribes and UQM directly.  Patron-in-Chief of the Utmankhel Tribe Fasihuddin appreciated the role of tribal elders in joining the UQM and asked the young generation to divert their energies towards education, sports and communication skills.