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November 21, 2019

CM Mahmood Khan opens border security fort in Tirah Valley


November 21, 2019

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan visited the Rajgal sector in Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal district and formally inaugurated the border security fort at Chaghi.

During his visit, he announced the tehsil status to Tirah valley along with the establishment of a well-equipped hospital for the community, said an official handout.

The chief minister was briefed on the security and management at Pak-Afghan border.

Later, he visited the Tirah Educational Complex in Painda Cheena area of the valley.

Addressing a delegation of the tribal elders in Painda Cheena area of the Tirah valley, the chief minister said the merger of tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a daunting challenge which the present government completed successfully.

He added that certain anti-merger elements were still trying to sabotage the integration through negative propaganda but said they would never be successful in their selfish intentions.

The chief minister inspected the educational facilities being provided in the educational complex and the medical facilities being provided in the free medical camp established by Frontier Corps North.

He stated that drastic developmental changes have been undertaken by the provincial government after the merger of the tribal districts which include 10-year developmental plan based on short-term, mid-term and long term goals.

The chief minister said the provision of free medical facilities to all the residence of the tribal district under the Sehat Insaf Card, provision of interest free loans to the youth under the Insaf Rozgar Scheme and induction of approximately 28,000 levies and Khassdar force into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, during the past one year, proved that the provincial government was sincerely focused on the rapid development of the tribal districts.

Mahmood Khan stated that security and stability is paramount for development. Peace has been established in the province, especially the tribal districts, after rendering of numerous sacrifices by civilians and armed forces.

He stated that the provincial government would ensure the sustainability of peace and security at every cost and would take stern measures against all those who are involved in fostering destabilisation and insecurity.

Of the developmental schemes for Khyber district, the chief minister stated that the ongoing projects of construction of 150 km of roads in Bara and Tirah valley were being completed whereas special attention was also being paid to the proposed projects, including dam.

The chief minister assured that the buildings for establishment of Tirah Hospital would be completed by June next year whereas efforts were underway to ensure the presence of staff in all the hospitals and schools in the tribal districts.Commenting on the recently passed Mines & Minerals Act, Mahmood Khan explained that under the new act all the leases for exploration of minerals in the tribal districts would be provided to locals.

He assured the resolution of issues pertaining to damages incurred by traders in the Tirah Bazaar, provision of Shuhada Package and rehabilitation of Kukikhel tribe.