Pakistan News: A delegation of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) parliamentarians from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa late Thursday night called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr and held discussion on war against militancy, developmental projects in the province and on issues related to their constituencies.
The delegation comprised Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, MNA Mehboobullah Jan, Syed Allauddin, Malik Azmat, Lal Mohammad Khan, Syed Akhundzada Chitan and Senator Sardar Ali.
He said the challenges the present government inherited were huge and demanded consensus based responses.
The President said, “we believe in respecting and honoring the legitimate wishes of the people and that is why PPP was in the forefront when the people wanted to rename their province as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
He said changing of the status of Kala Dhaka from a Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) to that of a settled area was yet another manifestation of real meanings of democracy and the representative government.
The President reiterated the government’s resolve of bringing the far flung areas of the country into the mainstream of national life.
He said the reforms in tribal areas that include suitable amendments in FCR and Political Parties Act were aimed to bring the areas into the mainstream.
While discussing war against terror, the President said that the scourge of militancy had pushed the province backward thus completely halting the socio-economic development of the region.
He said the government was trying its best to compensate the past negligence of socio-economic development of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and that of people of the tribal areas by focusing on provision of new vistas of opportunities, both economic as well as political, in order to bring the people of these areas into the mainstream, on one hand, and to wean away the frustrated and unemployed youth from militancy and extremism on the other.
He said the war that the government and the people had waged against militancy was a long drawn battle which will continue till the country was rid of militants and extremists.
The President said the sacrifices made by the people of the area were immense and will never go waste.
The President said the government was aware of the problems of the people of the area and that is why it was continuously pleading its case with the international community to assist the government in providing better alternatives to the people.
The members of delegation while highlighting issues concerning their constituencies thanked the President for his keen interest in development of their respective areas.
The President advised them to reach out to the people of far flung areas and highlight their problems for early redressal.