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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
 
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced rupees one billion in the current budget and Rs700 million in the next year’s budget for the rehabilitation of around 32,000 affected people of the Kurram Agency who had to leave their homes because of sectarian riots and militancy.

The prime minister made this announcement while addressing the members of the Grand Jirga from the Kurram Agency at the PM House here on Tuesday. He lauded the efforts of the senators, MNAs, elders, member of the Jirga, ministers and officials in bringing about peace in the Kurram Agency which helped the people to return to their homes.

The prime minister stressed that the amount allocated for the purpose of rehabilitation and welfare of the affected people must be spent in the most transparent manner, so that everybody who had suffered during the last four years may benefit from the compensation.

The premier also announced to give special certificates of appreciation to all the members of the Grand Jirga of Kurram Agency for their contribution towards restoring peace and harmony in the area.

Prime Minister Gilani said that the elders and the people of Kurram Agency had set an example for the other agencies of Fata that through dialogue and discussion the issues could be solved and peace could be restored. 

He stressed upon the elders to identify the miscreants and foreign elements in their respective areas so that such people can be brought to book. Earlier the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkwa Barrister Masud Kausar while addressing on the occasion said that he had observed that the leadership at the federal level is fully committed for the betterment of the people of the province, particularly the Fata region. “The process of interaction and dialogue should continue as it helps to create better understanding. The success of dialogue process in Kurram Agency should encourage the elders and people of other agencies to follow suit and help bring prosperity and development in their areas.”

The Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan while addressing the Jirga said that the people of Kurram deserved special appreciation for setting an example for the entire Fata region. 

Interior Minister Rehman A Malik said on the occasion that by bringing harmony and peace among various sects of religion the people of Kurram Agency had set an example for all the people of the country.

Haji Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA and members of the Grand Jirga of Kurram Agency thanked the prime minister for his support and guidance in bringing about peace in the Kurram Agency.

The sectarian tension and militancy, which started in April 2007, they said, has finally ended after the successful implementation of Murree Agreement reached-at in February 2010. “The roads and markets have now been opened and life has returned to normal. The people have almost returned to their homes, they said, but require support for rehabilitation,” he added.


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