PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Governor Shah Farman jointly presided over a meeting of the apex committee to review the scenario which emerged out of the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision of striking down the interim arrangements for the seven merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and made a number of decisions for the infrastructure development in the seven merged districts and six frontier regions. The apex committee also approved the creation of 17,000 additional posts in different departments to be proportionally distributed among the seven new districts.
Peshawar Corps Commander Shaheen Mazhar Mahmood, provincial ministers Muhammad Atif Khan, Shahram Khan Tarakai, Shaukat Yousafzai, Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Hasham Inamullah Advisor to CM on Merged Districts Ajmal Khan Wazir, Chief Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mehsud, Frontier Corps (FC) Inspector General (IG) Major General Rahat Naseem, Advocate General Latif Yousafzai and others government and military functionaries attended the meeting.
The meeting took for debate the overall merger plan for the developmental integration of erstwhile FATA, the induction of Levies and Khasadar into the regular police, creation of posts in police, education, health and other sectors, the comprehensive developmental package for mainstreaming the people of these areas, the quick impact initiatives in health and education sectors, the repatriation and rehabilitation of people of these areas and the extension of judicial system, the operational and investigative policing, the extension of Sehat Insaf Card, solarisation of different projects, the university, medical college and teaching hospital, the extension of IMU in the education sector, the functional and administrative issues, Cadet College Mohmand, different hospitals in the seven districts and the handing over of different near to completion health projects to the department and made a number of decisions in the backdrop of SC’s decision.
The meeting agreed to facilitate the extension of the judicial system of the country and the province to the seven new districts as the merged areas have now become the part of the province and therefore the existing laws would be applicable to the new districts. The infrastructure development would be carried out with accelerated pace and the federal government would be approached for the resources in order to put on ground a uniform development system and a system of dispensation of justice which would be notified. The meeting was briefed about the possible issues and the remedial measures as a way forward to overcome challenges.
The chief minister advised to focus on the developmental integration of the people, the time-tagged implementation process on the decision of the SC, taking care of administrative matters without any wastage of time so that the SC’s decision is implemented in letter and spirit. The meeting discussed the possible irritants to be created by the forces of status quo and thoroughly debated step by step and the long term approach so that no vacuum prevailed both legally and administratively. The meeting agreed to notify the extension of the judiciary. The chief minister said that result-oriented approach must be taken as a knee jerk reaction could backfire in the process of implementation. “We have to win the hearts and minds of the people within the interim period and we have to manage the challenging issues,” he said.
The meeting agreed to the induction of Levies and Khasadar into the regular police following the set criteria, making legislation for the induction of federal force into provincial force as per the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan who pledged the people of erstwhile FATA during his visit. The additional posts to be created in different public sector institutions would also be offered to the locals.
The chief minister advised the participants to look into the administrative and political challenges removing the uncertainty. The meeting also agreed to the judicial complexes, the 12,000 Levies and 18,000 Khasadar and approval for 6,000 additional personnel to be proportionally distributed among the new districts. It also agreed to the sequential induction of police in the merged districts and approved the skeleton staff both for the judiciary and police for smooth facilitation. However, the core headquarters of police and home would sit together to work out modalities to finalise the plan. The chief minister directed for financial and administrative steps for covering the legal dimension of the plan. The judicial courts and the police both investigative and operational would be set up within the adjoining districts which would be supported by the Levies and Khasadar.
The meeting agreed to the announcement of a full package covering the developmental side of the merger and mainstreaming side for the rehabilitation and repatriation of affectees, the reconstruction of their houses, the provision of basic facilities including health and education. There would be additional 7,600 new posts for the merged areas, however, under the quick impact plan the developmental strategy would be accelerated, the health and education sector projects would be expeditiously completed, doctors and health staff, teachers and deficiencies in health sectors would be overcome. The chief minister agreed to generate resources for the provision of all basic facilities however these activities should be completed under timelines and for which necessary PC-1 should be completed.
The meeting was informed that the ban has been lifted from the post of BPS-1 to BPS-15 and recruitment would be made on these posts as expeditiously as possible. However, recruitment of BPS-16 and above would be made through public service commission. Sehat Insaf Card would be extended within one and half month up to 0.5 million families. The meeting directed to communicate to the federal government for early implementation of the schemes. The solarisation of different projects was also cleared by the meeting. It also agreed to the creation of 2,384 posts for which SNEs should be prepared on war footings. The chief minister said that with these steps the people of the backward areas would receive immediate relief.
The chief minister also directed the health department to make functional the trauma centre in Parachinar of Kurram district and necessary steps should immediately be taken. He also directed the health department to take over hospitals Kurram, Miran Shah, Mohmand and prepare PC-1 to arrange basic requirements in these hospitals.
The chief minister also directed the quarter concerned for the accelerated movement on the medical college, teaching hospital and a university announced by the prime minister during his visit to erstwhile FATA. PC-1 should be prepared for these projects and added that he himself would inaugurate these projects.
Regarding the extension of IMU to the merged districts, the chief minister expressed his optimism that this would bring positive impact in the education sector. The schools in the erstwhile FATA could be made functional and the presence of teachers could be ensured, adding that the relevant quarter should pay surprise visits to ensure the functionalisation of schools up to capacity. “We would move from paperwork to actual ground and the existing policy in this regard would be extended to the newly merged districts,” he said.
The meeting also highlighted the repatriation of affectees and the chief minister directed for a full survey covering all damages, administrative and other issues in order to give a compensation package to the affectees in this regard. It also agreed to the food package and assistance allowance to be carried out by the relief department.
The chief minister directed the chief secretary to hold a meeting of health and education department and find out the real issues and finalise the recommendations that he would approve. He directed to take over all the ongoing schemes which have been 80 per cent completed in different sectors.