Government focusing on bringing Fata into national mainstream: PM Abbasi

  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says rehabilitation of Fata's displaced persons is foremost priority of govt

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reaffirmed that the government was committed to bring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) at par with other regions of the country.

He stated this at a briefing about the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, adding that settlement of the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of the tribal areas was among the top priorities of the government.

He also showed satisfaction over the work accomplished for the rehabilitation of the displaced persons, besides appreciating the sacrifices rendered by them during war on terror.

The Prime Minister was informed during the meeting that government has spent Rs52.9 billion so far on the displaced people, while the process is underway.

Out of 237,000 families, there are only 16,000 remaining for repatriation, the PM was informed. Around 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees are still staying in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.