All the business activities will be restarted throughout Khyber Agency, GovernorJune 16, 2015
Peshawar: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan on Wednesday reopened the small silk power loom factories in Bara, Khyber Agency which remained closed since 2009 and pledged that very soon all the business activities would be restarted throughout Khyber Agency with peaceful repatriation of the IDPs thus restoring the past prestige of Bara Bazar.
MNA Nasar Khan Afridi, MNA Shah Jee Gul Afridi, former minister of state Malik Waris Khan Afridi, former MNA Noorul Haq Qadri, Brigadier Jawad, president KPCCI Fawad Ishaq Khan, ACS FATA Mohammad Aslam Kamboh and a large number of tribal elders and journalists were present on the occasion. The governor formally inaugurated the powerloom factories and visited the workers on their work in the historic textile industry which was badly suffered due to war on terror in the territory.
Addressing the tribal elders the governor stated that due to control of the area by militants, industry and economic life of the people of the agency had come almost to a halt. He said the Bara industrial units and Bara bazar which were hub of the economic activities remained closed for the last eight years and more than 6000people were rendered jobless and many investors and industrialists fled the area due to fear of terrorism.
Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan said more than one lakh families were displaced who took refuge in different IDP camps and with their relatives in areas of Peshawar, Kohat and the rest of Pakistan. Their homes in the agency were either occupied or destroyed by the miscreants. He said more than 150 schools, main hospitals and colleges were destroyed.
He said over 30 thousand families had been returned to their homes. They were given transport charges as well as return cash grant of Rs. 25000 through mobile sims and ATM cards. He announced Rs. 1 billion for the repatriation of the Bara IDPs and assured that till August this year all the IDPs would return to their homes. He said developmental work in health, education, irrigation, electricity and roads sectors had been initiated and muchmore would be spent on the reconstruction of the damaged facilities.
The governor said a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate Bara bazar had been approved work on which hadalready been started. He said the government had started rehabilitation of Bara industry and the inauguration of power looms was the first step in this direction. He said bigger industrial units would also be reopened soon followed by a master plan for development of industrial and economic zone in the area. He said in all these efforts civil administration had been enjoying full support of the local elders and tribes. He said Sarishtaas had been constituted and they were taking them along in all affairs of their areas.
The governor stated that the Pakistan Army after successfully launching the operations Zarb-e-Azb, Khyber-1 and Khyber-II had completely destroyed hideouts of the militants and had touched the heights of gallantry, bravery and professional standards which would be written with golden words in the global history. Those operations were very necessary for the restoration of peace and stability in the region especially in FATA which would be remembered as a military strategy in the military institutions the world over.
Felicitating the Bara elders on the reopening of Bara powerloom slik factories, the governor said it would prove a good initiative especially for the youth of Bara and very soon the status of Bara would be recognized globally in the shape of a biggest trade and industrial centre in the FATA region. He said the Shin Kamar road would be included in this year ADP and assured that the water channels would be constructed soon. He said work on the Spera Dam would also be initiated.
The governor assured the tribesmen that every penny of the public money would be utilized for their welfare and every uplift scheme would be carried out after proper consultation with the tribesmen. He directed the government officers to treat the people with good spirit. He also directed to ensure proper respect to the investors enabling them to bring investment to the area and lauded the efforts of the KPCCI in this regard.
To a question regarding restoration of writ of the government, the governor said that reopening of the Bara silk factories proved that the writ of the government was restored in Bara.