Thursday, June 11, 2009

President wants govt to launch special package for Kurram Agency







President wants govt to launch special package for Kurram Agency


President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday advised the government to launch a special relief package for the people of Kurram Agency to mitigate their sufferings resulting from the twin menace of sectarian strife and militancy. The package includes immediate start of helicopter service between Parachinar and Peshawar till the road link is made serviceable. PIA was asked to lease a small aircraft that can land on the existing runway in Parachinar.

The PIA has also been directed to expand the runway for normal passenger aircrafts to land. A plan for the rehabilitation of internal displaced persons in Kurram Agency will be prepared and the Benazir Income Support Programme will be launched in the Agency on a priority basis. 

Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the measures were announced during a meeting of the President with a 15 member delegation of Kurram Agency comprising of elected representatives and leading members of both sects in the Presidency today.

The meeting was attended by Minister SAFRON, Najmuddin Khan, Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah, Secretary SAFRON Muhammad Riffat Pasha, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, Additional Chief Secretary FATA and the Political Agent Kurram Agency.

Talking to the President, the members of the delegation said that the people of Kurram Agency wanted to live in peace and harmony but there were some external elements which provoked sectarian strife.

They said that closure of the main road to Peshawar had created many difficulties for the people and there was an urgent need to restore the road link.

They said that until such time the road link was made safe for journey the government should make arrangements for air travel between Parachinar and Peshawar.

They also demanded destruction of the abodes of the militants and driving them out.

The President while welcoming the members of the delegation stressed the need for sectarian harmony and said that he will hold such joint meetings with the representatives of both sects more often in the future.

The President said that next meeting will be held after one month in which the progress made on the proposed package will be reviewed.




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