WANA (Waziristan): Repeating his stance about India, Prime Minister Imran Khan again said today (Wednesday); “[India] is trying its best to spread terror in Pakistan. We know of their efforts to spread chaos in Balochistan […] we have all the knowledge. Even in Waziristan, they are trying to instigate the youth against Pakistan. So that is why there was a problem regarding 3G/4G services which terrorists could also use.”
While addressing a cheque distribution ceremony for the successful applicants of the Kamyab Jawan Loan Scheme and the Youth Internship Scheme in Wana; he said; “But I spoke to my security agencies […] we agreed that we need to be cognisant of terrorists using this facility. Despite this, we also thought that it is the need of our young people and that is why this service will become operational from today.”
He announced that 3G/4G internet services will become operational in Waziristan from today. “I know that 3G and 4G is important for education and development […] this was a huge demand of the youth, one that was justified,” he said, as participants of the ceremony cheered.
The prime minister went on to explain that “security issues” were a major reason in the delay behind providing 3G/4G internet services. He said that development of tribal areas is incumbent government’s top priority with special emphasis on the education sector and provision of livelihoods to the people of the areas.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing a ceremony, announced that 3G and 4G internet service will be allowed in the region from today. He while terming youth the biggest asset of the country, said that apart from giving scholarship to the youth, schools, colleges, universities and technical institutes will be established in the tribal districts.
Imran Khan said the loans under the Kamyab Jawan Program are just the beginning and its scope will be further expanded. He said more funds will be poured into the program from next year so that more loans could be given to the people.
The premier said that road infrastructure will also be built so that the farmers could easily take their produce to the markets. Referring to the potential of the area in the olive oil production, he said massive plantation will be started in the tribal areas from next month. He said this project will enhance the income level of the people and they will not require to find jobs in other cities.
The Prime Minister said that each family in the tribal districts will be provided with health insurance card under which they will be able to get medical treatment worth seven hundred thousand rupees per year.
He while praising the people of the tribal areas, said that residents of Waziristan fought most wars against the British and several groups from here also took part in the 1965 war.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is a on a day long visit to South Waziristan to launch several development projects.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Information Kamran Bangash said that the Prime Minister will perform the ground breaking of the extension project of Cadet College Wana.
He further said that the PM will also distribute cheques amongst the deserving families under Ehsaas Kafalat program. On the occasion, he will be briefed about the digital survey of Ehsaas program.
The prime minister stated that approximately 70 per cent of the population lived below the poverty line in Waziristan. “That is why we have the Ehsaas programme, the aim of which is to uplift those living below the poverty line by giving them cash stipends and scholarships.”
He assured the people of Waziristan that the government was fully committed towards working for their welfare. “Whoever you voted for, it doesn’t make a difference to us. We will try to uplift this area and provide whatever facilities we can,” he said, adding that the government was working on bringing an “olive revolution” in the area.
“This is the best area for growing olive trees. We have carried out a survey and will start planting trees next month which we will hand over to the people.”
He said that people’s income will increase drastically due to the olive trees, resulting in them not having to travel abroad for jobs.