PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced his plan to carve out two districts from the volatile South Waziristan region after settling land disputes among local tribes while addressing a ceremony in Dera Ismail Khan.
Once part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, South Waziristan was among the seven tribal districts that were merged with the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2018.
According to the 2017 census, the region has a total population of 679,185 which occupies 6,619 square kilometers of territory.
South Waziristan, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, is also the birthplace of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militant network that emerged in 2007.
“Since I am in Dera Ismail Khan, I think it is necessary for me to announce that there is a huge problem in South Waziristan where the Wazir and Mehsud tribes live,” the prime minister told the gathering that was also attended by senior members of the two clans. “They want to divide South Waziristan in two districts and I announce today that we will do it for them. But I have told [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister] Mahmood Khan that we first need to resolve land disputes between them before creating these districts.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday expressed his confidence that the present government will win the war against mafias and ensure the supremacy of law.
“If we have to become a great nation, which was the concept [behind Pakistan’s creation], we have to ensure the rule of law,” Imran Khan said while addressing Kissan Convention here.
The Prime Minister, however, added that masses will also have to change their attitudes to become a great nation.
”It is shameful that some people sitting abroad, living in the properties worth billions of rupees cannot show even a receipt of how they got that money?, and making speeches from there,” he remarked.
The Prime Minister said that big mafias did not want the rule of law in Pakistan because they benefit from the corrupt system and just wanted NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance). “Then how this country will move forward?” he questioned.
The Prime Minister said when he often referred to the State of Madina and its principles, it was not only meant for any political gains. “I don’t use the name of Islam for personal benefit or for vote. It is the part of my faith,” he remarked.
Imran Khan said being a student of history he had studied a lot about Islam, the life of our Prophet Peace Be Upon Him and the principles of the State of Madina.
He said there was need to know and understand the principles adopted by the people in the State of Madina which led the fall of two super powers of that era, enabling the Arabs to lead the world in few years.
“If we want to become an honorable nation, we have to take care of our self-respect without fear from anyone except Allah Almighty,” Imran Khan remarked.
The Prime Minister said that the State of Madina brought a revolution in the lives of people by enforcing the rule of law and ensuring justice.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said contrary to Pakistan, where hours-long meetings are held before the elections to discuss how to check rigging, people in the West and European poll their votes without fear of any such practice.
Expressing his concern about fast growing population in Pakistan, which had reached from less than 40 million in 1947 to around 220 million at present, he said this growth could check through enhanced education levels and primary healthcare facilities.
The Prime Minister said despite having much fertile lands and bumper wheat crops the country had to import 4 million tons of wheat last year and was again expected to import the vital commodity this year as well.
He said as the country has to import basic commodities like ghee, pulses etc. to cater to the needs of growing population, there was a need to make plans to tackle such challenges.
The Prime Minister also attributed enhanced imports of commodities as one of the major causes of inflation and said the commodity prices had increased worldwide.
He said Pakistan has to tackle this challenge by promoting its agricultural sector, research and increasing its cultivation areas and yields of various crops through modern techniques of farming.
The Prime Minister said that Gomal Zam Dam will make over 200,000 acres of land in the area cultivable. He said that the present government had started constructing dams in the country after 50 years, and 10 dams will be constructed during the next 10 years.