RAWALPINDI – A jirga was held Sunday in Miranshah to discuss the prevailing issue pertaining to compensation of shopkeepers whose businesses were affected by the military operation, confirmed a political agent of North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
According to the political agent, it was decided that the committee of affected shopkeepers shall make an estimate of the amount that needs to be compensated.
“The same shall be processed in the administrative chain for its speedy implementation,” he said.
The Fata additional chief secretary, PA, Assistant PA, Anjuman Tajiran Pakistan President Ajmal Baloch, NWA GOC, civil and military officials, and the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor attended the jirga.
Consolidating dividends of peace.Through hardships is road to peace.Hard times are over, good ones in sight.Let’s stay steadfast.Difficulties/comforts both are shared.
We can do it,we are doing it,we shall IA do it together till final destination of enduring peace in our Pakistan pic.twitter.com/EO8NhWUBjT
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 22, 2018
The military spokesman said there exists no issue that cannot be resolved through talks. He added that residents of the tribal areas had joined hands with the forces to make great sacrifices for the establishment of peace, adding that operations conducted by the armed forces had eliminated terrorism.
“The resolution of problems faced by citizens is the first priority of the state,” said Major-General Gahfoor while stressing that he would not let the country’s peace be put at stake by enemies of the state.
The representative of shopkeepers expressed their complete confidence in the administration and state for resolution of their problems.
They also expressed that these issues are local and can only be resolved by the state of Pakistan, but not by playing into the hands of those who don’t want to see the revival of peace or by chanting slogans against state institutions.
Tribal notables chanted slogans of ‘long live Pakistan Army and Pakistan’ at the end of the jirgah.
The committee shall meet on weekly basis to ensure speedy results.
Earlier this week, on Friday, the traders had ended a protest sit-in in Islamabad after successful conclusion of talks with officials of the political administration.
Affected NWA traders shall have a meeting with local civil – military and FATA secretariat representatives on 22 April to discuss genuine issues and way forward. Economic rehabilitation of tribes takes priority. Mainstreaming of FATA remains key to their empowerment & prosperity.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 20, 2018
The traders had been staging the sit-in since Monday, however, talks between a delegation sent by them and the political administration succeeded at the National Press Club on Friday.