Special Committee to examine purported grievances meets


ISLAMABAD, July 12 (APP): Meeting of the Special Committee to examine purported grievances amongst some sections of the society and reach out to the genuinely aggrieved persons to create national cohesion held here on Friday with Senator Muhammad Ali Saif in chair.

Representative delegation of Waziristan Qaumi Jirga from North and South Waziristan was invited to present their views before the committee. The delegation comprised of Engineer Rehmatullah, Samiullah Dawar, Khalid Ahmed Dawar, Abdul Ghaffar, Abdul Malik, Akbar Ali Khan, Malik Fakhr ul Islam.

The delegation members said that people of Waziristan have played a huge role in creation and sustainability of Pakistan but they haven’t received their due share in growth and development and the deteriorating living standards have resulted in creation of sense of deprivation. They observed that the Jirga does not support any activity that is anti-state and calls for efforts to create a harmonious situation in the area where no individual or group stands against state institutions and state narrative. The delegation among other proposals of bringing life back to normal and bringing basic necessities of life and work opportunities, proposed extending the jurisdiction of police in erstwhile FATA in post-merger situation to deal with the law and order situation.

The Committee had a collective opinion that many issues need negotiations and discussions but the genuine needs like the need of schools, hospitals, opportunities of employment have to be taken up as early as possible because there is no second opinion on these issues. Members stressed on the need of giving the areas more opportunities and development than its due share as it has witnessed unprecedented security situation due to war on terror.

The Committee assured the visiting delegation that the Committee will continue raising the voice until the issues are resolved. Bringing peace, identification of missing persons, improving the mining surroundings, and safe and secure return of IDPs were also identified as key goals. The Committee members observed that when state takes one step to reach out to its aggrieved citizens to provide them their basic due necessities, those citizens will return the gesture by being amenable instead of rebellious.