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Tribesmen demand cadet college in Tirah

Tribesmen demand cadet college in Tirah

PESHAWAR: The elders of Khyber Agency have expressed concern over the non-availability of schools and healthcare centres in Tirah valley and demanded of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan to order establishment of a cadet college in the valley.

They also demanded early and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced families.

The elders said that in Maidan area of Tirah there was no educational institution.

Leading a group of elders during a press conference here on Friday, Nauroz Khan said hundreds of people were killed in the war on terror in the tribal region, but the widows, orphans and other poor people were not compensated.

Elders, including Haji Naseeb Gul, Haji Said Gul, Mohammad Amin and Jan Amir, were also in attendance.

Nauroz Khan said that owing to non-existence of communication facilities people could not contact their relatives in other cities of the country and abroad.

He said the elected representatives didn’t pay any heed to the development of the valley.

The elder demanded of the government to establish a cadet college in Maidan area in order to impart quality education to the new generation.

The governor during his visit to the area, he said, had approved ‘D category hospital in Tirah but work on the project was yet to be initiated.

Mr Nauroz said that Smeda had also conducted a survey of damages in the Tirah valley and the people had also submitted applications for financial support, but they were yet to get any response from the concerned authorities.

The elder also asked the non-governmental organisations to extend support to the rehabilitation of the people of Tirah and meeting their expenditures of daily life.

Mr Nauroz said that Tirah had a historical importance and was also known as tourist spot but the successive governments had not given proper attention to its development.

He said as peace had been restored to the valley following Khyber -2 military operation, the government had a chance to work for promotion of tourism in the scenic valley.

Published in Dawn, June 6th, 2015

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