ISLAMABAD, Dec 18: President Asif Ali Zardari continued his meeting with elders from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for the second day on Thursday and the participants were informed that the government would be in a position to exercise complete control over Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies by the end of the current month.

The meeting, which was also attended by senior security officials, assessed the situation in Fata from the perspective of the elected representatives and other stakeholders responsible for peace and security in the region.

President Zardari, according to a handout, said he would hold fortnightly meetings with tribal elders in a bid to establish the writ of the government and restore peace.

“Peace in the tribal areas is the foremost priority of the government and it has decided to press into service all available resources to bring stability to the region,” he said.

The president said the government was working on a new model of economic development which envisaged that the tribal people would be made shareholders in various development projects to wean unemployed youths away from militancy.

He said a special officer would be deputed in the presidency to liaise between tribal representatives and state functionaries responsible for Fata affairs.

Giving a briefing on the law and order situation in Fata, the inspector-general of the Frontier Corps said that large areas of Bajaur and Mohmand agencies had been cleared. Several participants emphasised the need for development projects in Fata.

The meeting was also attended by NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Najamuddin Khan and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik.

Opinion

Editorial

Beyond the pale
Updated 09 Aug, 2022

Beyond the pale

When such ugliness is unleashed, everyone at some point suffers the fallout.
Burying Gaza
09 Aug, 2022

Burying Gaza

IT is a sad commentary on the politics of the Middle East that even its most tragic human stories get defaced and...
Celebrate the athlete
09 Aug, 2022

Celebrate the athlete

TALK about delivering on your promise: javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem did that in the grandest style at the...
An unseemly dispute
08 Aug, 2022

An unseemly dispute

THERE is clarity, but perhaps not of the kind that Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial hoped to achieve when...
Unfair on taxpayers
Updated 08 Aug, 2022

Unfair on taxpayers

Unfair move has drawn valid criticism as it coincides with drastic increase in income tax on salaried people and corporates.
Polio nightmare
08 Aug, 2022

Polio nightmare

AS if the resurgence of polio in southern KP were not enough, officials and international monitoring bodies must now...