‘IDPs will likely return to their homes by October 2016’: Iqbal Zafar Jhagra

PESHAWAR: On Monday, the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra stated that the homecoming of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to FATA was possible to be complete by October this year.

He said determinations were being made to guarantee the positive and noble return of all IDPs to their homes.

Mr. Jhagra said over 285, 000 exiled families were deported to their native homes in FATA, while the residual 150,000 families would be sent by end of the current year.

According to the plan, all IDPs will go back to their homes by the end of 2016, but the process may be completed in October, he told reporters.

Jhagra further stated that the FATA modifications board headed by adviser to the prime minister on foreign affair Sartaj Aziz would recommence work very soon.

He said the future of Fata would be definite in line with the wishes and popular will of the tribal people.

The governor also stated that the upkeep of the long-lasting amity, and return and restoration of IDPs were the top primacies of the government.

The governor said the reforms committee had visited three tribal agencies to seek the opinion of local people about the future of FATA

Mr. Jhagra, who has been made the follower of the committee in the stir of the notification of Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan from the office of the governor, said he would meet Sartaj Aziz to safeguard continuation of activities by the committee.

He said the federal government was dedicated to removing terrorism and rehabilitating tribal people affected by the military operations against militants.

Solid actions would be taken on significance for the expansion of health and education sectors in Fata. He said handier ties between the federation and the province was in the vital national interest and that he would take all shareholders on board for peace, constancy and growth in the province as well as Fata.

Mr. Jhagra then stated that the peace had been reinstated not only in the tribal region but also in the entire country due to the positive implementation of the military operation, Zarb-i-Azb.