ISLAMABAD -  Parliamentarians from Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Wednesday requested Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar for the early release of development funds for FATA region.

Finance Minister assured the Parliamentarians that all steps would be taken to ensure smooth release of funds for projects in their agencies, as he said development of FATA and other backward areas is the priority of the government.

The Senators and MNAs from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) met with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar. The Finance Minister shared with them the details of his recent visit to Afghanistan for attending the 9th session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission. He informed the Parliamentarians that he had a very useful visit to Afghanistan where he met with the political leadership and shared Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

The Finance Minister also briefed the Parliamentarians on his visits to the major under construction developmental projects, undertaken by Pakistan in Afghanistan under its bilateral assistance program including recommencement of works on Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriage way, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali khan Engineering Faculty of Bulkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif. The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar informed the Parliamentarians that Nishtar Kidney Center will soon be equipped with the relevant apparatus on priority basis. The Senators and MNAs from FATA said that with the Finance Minister’s visit to Afghanistan will generate a lot of good will for Pakistan and it will help improve relations between the two countries.