Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif and US Ambassador Richard Olson unveil a plague to inaugurate the newly-built Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan on Thursday.
Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif and US Ambassador Richard Olson unveil a plague to inaugurate the newly-built Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan on Thursday.
Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif (C) and US Ambassador Richard Olson (L).
Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif (C) and US Ambassador Richard Olson (L).

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif inaugurated the Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan’s militancy-ravaged Khajori Katch area on Thursday.

He was accompanied by US Ambassador Richard Olson, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah, Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority Syed Raghib Shah, Minister of State Abid Sher Ali, MNA from North Waziristan Muhammad Nazir Khan, MNA from South Waziristan Ghalib Khan and senior officials.

Khwaja Asif expressed the hope that completion of the dam would bring about a ‘green revolution’ in South Waziristan, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan and pave the way for progress and prosperity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said the project would produce 17.4 megawatts of electricity and also help develop the agriculture sector.

The minister said the government was giving priority to low-cost power projects.

He said the project would also protect South Waziristan, Tank and D.I. Khan from floods.

The US ambassador said that work was under way with the help of his country on various power projects in Pakistan. He said extension work on Satpara Dam, Guddu Barrage, Tarbela and Mangla would increase electricity production by 20,000MW. He also said that the US was playing its role in strengthening Pakistan.

Governor Shaukatullah said the completion of the project was a major achievement in efforts for economic revival in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas whose people cherished peace and democracy.

He said the project would give impetus to work on Kurram Tangi dam in North Waziristan and Munda dam in Mohmand Agency.

The nation, he said, was facing an energy crisis and seeking help from friends and well-wishers to resolve it. “If we overcome this problem we will definitely move towards economic stability.”

The governor praised the Frontier Works Organisation, Wapda and the local administration for the efforts put in and sacrifices rendered by them to complete the project.


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Janikhel
Sep 13, 2013 06:48am

It is worth mentioning that the real person who pushed the successive governments to build the Gomal Zam Dam was one great man from Kohat Syed Askar Ali Shah, Chief Editor of former English Daliy news paper from Peshawar. Check the archives and minutes of the meeting between Mr. Shah and Inayat Ullah Gandapur, former Chief Minister of NWFP, 1974.

Ayaz
Sep 13, 2013 06:57am

Where is Saudi Arab contribution except building Madrassas?

rashid zaidi
Sep 13, 2013 09:56am

The United States is doing the right thing funding projects which will bring property to Pakistan through agriculture and more power production to run industries in these far flung areas of Pakistan, that will quell the rise of militancy, when people have nothing to do for a livelihood they turn to destructive activities.

MILLI
Sep 13, 2013 01:46pm

I wish you would proof read your articles, it should read 'PLAQUE' NOT 'PLAGUE'.

"unveil a plague to inaugurate the newly-built Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan on Thursday."

Ammad Malik
Sep 13, 2013 02:03pm

unveiled a "plague"!????

Parvez
Sep 13, 2013 02:26pm

Every now and then we read of the inauguration of Gomal Zam dam............is this marble plaque also on wheels like the one at Port Qasim so that every now-an-then a new government takes the credit of inaugurating a project..................it would be credible if the OPENING of the completed project was celebrated.

Khan
Sep 13, 2013 08:39pm

Mr. Pervez Musharraf Thank you

Ahmer
Sep 14, 2013 09:48pm

My sincere thanks to USA.

nisar Ebrahim rathod I
Sep 15, 2013 12:39pm

Gomal Dam as conceived much earlier than its now projected it's completion with of course ubiquitously contributions with everything.....U.S.Aid has been magnanimous to support Pakistan with these needy projects, if all the out stretched programs beyond the limits of this Government are managed by U.S.Aid are completed the targeted 20000 mega watts with efficient turbines in hydro- power, then power problems shall be minimized to much extent...hope U.S.Aid will carry on the power projects , even after leaving the anti- terrorism war in Afghanistan.