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June 7, 2011

Governor restores Mahsud tribe privileges

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AFP
June 7, 2011

TANK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar on Monday announced restoration of perks and privileges of the Mahsud tribe that had been suspended during the military operation against the militants in South Waziristan.
Speaking at a jirga of Mahsud elders here, he said the operation in South Waziristan had been launched against the militants and not the Mahsud tribe. He said it was the top priority of the government to rehabilitate the Mahsud people who had been displaced because of the action against the militants. Masood Kausar said that efforts were being made to compensate the Mahsud people for their losses. He said the construction of 310-kilometre-long roads in South Waziristan had been approved.
The governor said three category D hospitals were being restored in Makeen, Speenkay and Raghzai to provide healthcare facilities to the tribal people. He said the work on the installation of a grid station in Srarogha would soon begin and the damaged power lines would also be replaced to fix the power outage problem.
On this occasion, the governor gave away cheques worth Rs1 million to the heirs of the teachers and other employees who were killed during a clash at the Government High School in Speen two years back. A tribal elder, Faizullah, who lost his leg in a roadside blast, received a cheque for Rs100,000. The tribal elders asked the government to order restoration of around 900 community schools and increase the salaries of the Levies personnel in South Waziristan.
An official handout said the governor announced Rs420 million for rehabilitation of the damaged social services facilities in Mahsud area of South Waziristan Agency.
Earlier the governor visited Jandola and Chagmalai where he inaugurated a township and market. He visited a school and witnessed a cricket match besides meeting the local Mahsud elders. The governor also announced to bear all the academic and other expenditure of the students studying in the recently established

school.
The governor in response to a demand announced the constitution of a committee to review the issue of pending payments to the contractors. He said that peace and development in FATA was his mission and he would accomplish it with the help and cooperation of the tribal people.
He praised the Mahsud tribe for extending a helping hand to the government and security forces in purging the area of the militants and assured that the government would honour their sacrifices and offer help in the rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced people. He said the Mahsuds would be compensated in line with the compensation offered to the affected people in Swat and Bajaur.
The governor said that Rs1.660 billion was allocated for the development of South Waziristan during the current financial year and a number of projects including Dargai Pal dam had been completed. He announced to establish a model college in Mahsud area and said that construction work of the Ladha hospital had started whereas other damaged health institutions would also be reconstructed.

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