PESHAWAR - Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan has constituted two committees for initiating accelerated economic development in FATA and look into the possibility of establishment of warehouses and cold storages and industrial estates in FATA. The committees would present its report to governor within one month.
The first committee to under the chairmanship of the president TEVTA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nauman Wazir is comprising Secretary P&D FATA, president TCCI, Shahid rehman, Chartered accountant, Dilroz Khan, Chief Executive FDA, Fida Muhammad Wazir, Ex-president TCCI, Riaz Arshad, Director SMEDA, Adeel Rauf, provincial chief SMEDA, Javed Khattak, Manager M&E, FDA, Faheem Muhammad and the additional secretary AI&C.
The second committee to look into the matters of establishment of warehouses and industrial estates in FATA is headed by Chief Executive FATa Development Authority. Other members included secretary P&D FATA as convener, Additional secretary FIFA, Manager M&E FDA, President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI), President Tribal Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI), Representative of Lhyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment, Ex-member of KPCCI, Sajjad Ahmad, Ex-President KPCCI, Adeel Rauf, and Chartered Accountant, Saeed ur Rehman. If required, more members can also be added to the committee.
According to a formal notification, the first committee would also review and analyze the prevailing business environment and regulatory framework for economic activities with a view to pin out the impediments and to regulate the investment and business opportunities in FATA.
The second committee is mandated to examine and recommend the prospects of establishing general purpose warehouses on trade routes in FATA to enhance trade and promote exports.
SPEAKERS HOLD THREADBARE DISCUSSION ON REGIONAL PEACE
About 80 per cent people are suffering from psychological problems after the 9/11 incident and if the trend continues, the mental illness by itself will pose a serious danger to the regional peace is Asia, said Aqeel Yousafzai, a well-known writer and analyst at a seminar on 'Afghanistan after 2014 and Withdrawal Implications for Pakistan' here on Sunday.
The seminar was held at Research Library Peshawar where former vice chancellor Peshawar University Qibla Ayaz, renowned scholar Juma Khan Sufi, and Chairman World Pashtoon Conference and veteran scholar Saleem Raz were also present.
Aqeel said that Afghanistan shouldn't be compared to another country like India, Iran or Pakistan, but different decades of Afghanistan be compared like 80s, 90s and 2000s, of which the Afghanistan of late 20th Century was far better than the Afghanistan of 21st Century.
"This reflects the effectiveness of the US/NATO forces and policies in Afghanistan," he added.
He said that Al-Qaeda and Daaish, as reported by some quarters, are busy in devising a strategy of comeback to Afghanistan if US/NATO forces really withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014-16.
It is now time that Pashtoon leaders and scholars should rise to the occasion, join hands and talk directly to the powerful stakeholders for safety in the area, as the so-called political Pashtoon leadership has badly failed to address the problems of Pashtoons and Afghans, he said.
Founder of the Library, Fasihuddin, said, "the best thing in the western world is that they do de-briefing after all kinds of operations, and they learn lessons from their actions, and presently, the US is carrying out its de-briefing sessions and we should meticulously study this phenomenon".
Dr. Qibla objected to the recent speeches of Dr. Ashraf Ghani in which he had declared the war on terror as more of a Pakistani issue than a war in Afghanistan.
He said, "we hope Dr. Ashraf will concentrate on peace efforts in the region, and talk to the true Pashtoon leadership and tribal representatives instead of a few Pashtoon political figures who have greatly disappointed the Pashtoon nation.
Renowned scholar and expert on Afghan Affairs, Juma Khan Sufi, who was the chief guest, said, "time has come that Pashtoons should critically analyze themselves for their own hard times and they should now stop attributing their ills to others through presumed conspiracy theories." "Only after our self-assessment, we can determine the implications of wars on our life," he said.
Chairman World Pashtoon Conference and veteran scholar Saleem Raz concluded the session saying, "the war in Afghanistan is not close to its end as this war of resources will have a long way down till the US finds another fertile land of resources and battle-field for testing their weapons.