Tribesmen not target of operation: governor

Posted in Broader Middle East | 22-Apr-04 | Author: Anwarullah Khan| Source: (Pakistan)

KHAAR, April 21: NWFP Governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah has said that the operation in the tribal areas was not against the tribal people, rather it had been launched to flush out terrorist elements from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Speaking to tribal elders during a day-long visit to the Bajaur tribal agency on Tuesday, Mr Shah said that if foreign elements and their local supporters refused to accept the three-point formula presented to them by the tribal jirga and the lashkar, the government would not hesitate in using any means to achieve the objective and wipe out the terrorist elements.

The governor also urged the tribal population to extend cooperation to the government for the purpose. Later, he launched a number of development projects estimated to cost more than Rs130 million. The projects included the construction of a small dam at Talay in Salarzai subdivision.

He also inaugurated construction work on a degree college at Zoreband, which is the third college in the agency. The project would cost Rs47 million.The governor also directed the authorities concerned to identify more sites for the construction of three more colleges in the far-flung parts of the Bajaur agency.

He also launched a land levelling project at Kausar that would cost Rs23.5 million. The scheme, which is scheduled to be completed in five years, would irrigate 12,500 acres.

To ensure proper utilization of this land the governor also desired to work out a scheme for installation of tube-wells with the active cooperation of the respective community which would be later on fully handed over to the people concerned.