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KKH to be boosted, Centre asked to return FC troops to KP

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Apex Committee on Thursday reviewed the progress on the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) against militancy and repatriation of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs).

An official handout said the meeting of the Apex Committee, chaired by Governor Mahtab Ahmad Khan, also discussed the security of the Karakoram Highway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan and the overall law and order situation in the province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Hidayat ur Rehman, Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt Gen Zafar Iqbal, Chief Secretary KP Amjad Ali Khan, IGP Nasir Khan Durrani, Acting Inspector General Frontier Corps Brigadier Qaiser, Additional Chief Secretary Fata Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, the secretaries Home of KP and GB, deputy commandant Frontier Constabulary and other officials attended the meeting.

The handout said the Apex Committee reviewed the work on implementing the previous decisions, implementation of the National Action Plan and second phase of the displaced families’ repatriation to their native areas.

The meeting also discussed the importance of the Karakoram Highway (KKH) and decided that further steps would be taken to ensure the security of the road passing through KP.It was decided that the Governor would request the Prime Minister for the early return of the Frontier Constabulary troops deployed in other provinces to KP and their deployment on the KKH.

To facilitate the travellers on KKH and to redress the grievances of the people, the meeting decided that the convoy system of public transport on the highway would be lifted on February 1 and further measures would be taken by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police to ensure foolproof security of the route.

Another decision was to hold a high-level meeting in Islamabad to ensure early completion of the ongoing Wapda projects on the KKH and also solve other problems. It was decided that chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, senior civil and military officials and all stakeholders would attend the Islamabad meeting to resolve the problems which cause impediments in the successful completion of the ongoing projects.

Speaking at the meeting, Governor Sardar Mahtab said those challenging the writ of the state would be dealt with an iron hand. “We will not allow the terrorists to continue their cowardly acts,” he said, adding that the entire nation supported the security forces against the militants.

He lauded the achievements of the security forces and said they had rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism.He said every possible endeavour would be made to ensure early and dignified return of the displaced persons to their homes and villages and complete their rehabilitation.

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