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21 March, 2019

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Wednesday formally threw dialogue offer to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) for redressal of the grievances of the tribal people and resolution of all outstanding social, political, administrative and development issues through talks.

A meeting of the advisory committee constituted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and comprising parliamentarians belonging to different political parties from erstwhile FATA was held here at the CM House. KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan chaired the meeting, while Senate members Haji Momin Khan Afridi, Hadayatullah, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Sajjad Hussain Toori, Shamim Afridi and National Assembly members Gul Zafar Khan, Iqbal Khan, Munir Khan Orakzai, Sajid Hussain Toori, Jawad Hussain and Mufti Abdul Shakoor attended.

“Advisory committee comprising senators and MNAs from erstwhile FATA have unanimously decided to hold talks with the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement leadership and find an amicable solution of the issues facing the Pashtun community through a jirga,” Advisor to Chief Minister for Merged Tribal Districts Ajmal Wazir said at a news conference after the meeting. “A jirga has been arranged at the Civil Officers Mess in Peshawar at 11am on March 26. We formally invite the leadership of the PTM to the jirga so that a strategy to find out a sustainable solution to all local and collective issues of the Pashtun community could be devised,” he continued. “We hope that the PTM leadership will accept the talks offer and ensure participation in the jirga,” he added.

Wazir said participation of representatives of all the political parties in the advisory committee meeting proves that they are on the same page vis-à-vis resolution of the issues facing the Pashtun community as well as development of the merged tribal districts to bring them on a par with other developed areas of the country. “We want peace, stability and development in the tribal areas so that grievances and deprivation of the people of the region for the past over 70 years could be removed,” he said. “And to achieve this objective, we will have to forge unity among our ranks,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Munir Orakzai said the advisory committee will do its best to find an amicable solution of all the outstanding issues and legal demands in coordination with the PTM leadership. “Our message is peace and reconciliation. We are here with a positive mindset. We want stability and development in the region. Hence, we have decided to engage our brothers from the PTM so that a workable solution of the issues could be reached,” he added.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Sajid Toori said to realise the dream of development in the merged tribal districts, peace and stability is the foremost prerequisite. “Tribal areas will be receiving Rs 100 billion every year for the development projects. New infrastructure, administrative set-up and courts will be established. But for all this to happen, peace is the first and foremost requirement. Our offer to PTM to come and sit with us is the first step towards ensuring a sustainable peace in the region,” he added.

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