National Assembly committee approves development projects for FATA

National Assembly committee approves development projects for FATA
Pakistan National Assembly. (Photo courtesy: APP)
Updated 26 February 2018

National Assembly committee approves development projects for FATA

National Assembly committee approves development projects for FATA

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly’s Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions approved six projects under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Monday.
These projects will primarily focus on infrastructure development in the region, though the government also plans to fund a major scheme to ensure the availability of clean drinking water to the residents of South Waziristan Agency.
The infrastructure projects will focus on the construction of roads, bridges and jeepable tracks to make the craggy mountainous terrain of the tribal areas more accessible to everyone.
Until recently, FATA was described as the hub of transnational militant networks operating in the region. The area, abutting Afghanistan, constituted a natural sanctuary for extremist factions due to its topography and social conditions.
Pakistan’s northwestern tribal territories were deeply neglected by various administrations for decades, turning them into a breeding ground of terrorism. However, the country is now striving to address the problem by launching development schemes in the area to improve the living standards of its residents.
In this context, the National Assembly committee also recommended an upward revision in the salaries of Malakand Levy, saying these should be at par with the compensation packages of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.