Corps Commander 11 Corps, Peshawar, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed said that all the tribes of South Waziristan are patriots who have made great sacrifices along with Pakistan Army for regional peace.
He expressed these views while addressing a Grand Jirga of Ahmed Zai, Wazir, Dotanni and Mehsud Tribes, during his visit to Wana. Inspector General Frontier Corps (South) Major General Muhammad Munir Afsar and Regional Police Officer Dera Ismail Khan Shaukat were also present on the occasion.
He said that Pakistan Army values the sacrifices of the tribesmen for the peace, sovereignty and integration of the country.
“The development of South Waziristan depends on a better law and order situation because lasting peace plays a key role in the development of any society, he added. He stressed on working together for the development and prosperity of the Tribes of South Waziristan.
Faiz Hameed said that relationship between the Tribal People and Armed Forces is very old, adding that concrete steps are being taken to promote trade in the area so as to raise the living standards of the tribal people.
Corps Commander Peshawar said that the main purpose of our gathering today is lasting peace. “We all want peace. The society cannot develop without peace,” he said.
He said that Pakistan Army has done a lot to solve the basic problems of education, health and other issues of tribal people in South Waziristan. Resultantly, there is a big difference between Waziristan before 2004 and today, he added.
He said that “I am well acquainted with issues of people of Waziristan as I have served in South Waziristan during 2004,”. He said in order to promote educational activities in South Waziristan, the best educational institutions and cadet colleges are working in collaboration with the Armed Forces, where native children are being imparted quality educated.
“Even some students, after completing their education, have become officers in the Armed Forces of Pakistan and are serving the country and the nation,” he added.
Faiz Hameed said that the development and prosperity of South Waziristan is linked with peace and we all have a shared responsibility to maintain peace on permanent basis, adding that it is the duty of the tribes to support the Armed Forces of Pakistan for a better and brighter future of youth of the area.
He said that tribal elders should play their important role in equipping their young generation with education, so that, the youth of this region become useful citizens of the society.
Corps Commander Peshawar further said that the main objective of the dialogues was peace and if peace is established, then trade opportunities will increase. “When trade increases then economy will be strengthened resulting in prosperity in the whole region,” he added. He said that the path of dialogue will be taken with those who want to give up the fighting and want to return to peaceful lifestyle.
He said that efforts are in hand to solve the problems of Pakistani Suleman Khel Tribe living across Angoor Adda, adding that Pakistan Army has worked alot to build a road network in South Waziristan and more projects are being worked out.
Corps Commander said that more trade corridors would be opened to boost trade so as to strengthen economy. He said that he has already informed Prime Minister about the issues of Tribal People and PM has assured him that their solution is his first priority.
While presenting welcome note on the behalf of the Mehsud Tribe, Malik Mehsood Ahmed said that the Mehsuds honor the sacrifices of Pak Army and have always stood by the Armed Force. He demanded that the CLCP should be expedited so that the sufferers could get timely compensation for the loss of their homes, while special attention should be given to education and health.
While presenting welcome note on behalf of Wazir Tribe, Malik Allauddin said that the Wazirs have always kept the national interest at the forefront, a prime example of which was the implementation of the 2007 agreement. He said that Prime Minister of Pakistan during his visit to South Waziristan had announced the Bifurcation of South Waziristan, which should be implemented at the earliest.
Moreover, 3G and 4G Services should be restored to facilitate network in the area, power output of Gomal Zam Dam should be given to Wana sub-division and Angoor Adda terminal should be opened.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed also listened carefully to the addresses by the elders of Mehsud and Wazir tribes and assured a solution to the problems for which the tribal elders thanked the Corps Commander and welcomed his visit to Wana.