WAZIRISTAN QAUMI JIRGA HOLDS MEETING WITH SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE
Islamabad, A 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’, was held at the Parliament House whereby a 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 Jirga has previously held their interactions with different government organisations. The Committee meeting was presided over by its convenor Muhammad Ali Saif.
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.
The Committee chairman Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif suggested appointing focal person to make communication easier and requested the delegation to present their proposals in writing to the committee to bring the consultations further. The chairman also asked the Jirga members to play their role as the bridge between the committee and PTM and at the same time assured of playing the same role between the Jirga and the state institutions at all levels.
The committee assure all its cooperation to the delegation and said that bringing life back to normalcy is a collective responsibility. Members of the committee recognised the sacrifices of the people of the area and said that all out efforts would be made to give peace a chance to flourish and pave the way for accelerated development.
The Committee meeting was attended by Senators Sikandar Mandro, Khanzada Khan, Asad Ashraf, Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Dr. Jehanzeb jamaldini, Naseebullah Bazai, Dilwar Khan, Aurangzeb Khan, Sitara Ayaz, sajjad Hussain Turi, Fida Muhammad, and Hidayatullah.