Distant images: We won’t fight others’ war ever again: PM

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Miran Shah/Rawalpindi

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said Pakistan now shall not fight any such war inside Pakistan that was fought in past after 9/11 and that war was imposed on us.

He said this during his maiden visit to North Wazirstan after assuming the office of PM. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also with him while key federal/provincial ministers, Governor KP and Chief Minister KP accompanied the PM.

According to ISPR, upon arrival PM laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument.

He was briefed in details about operations conducted, ongoing stability operations, rehabilitation of TDPs, socio-economic development projects and fencing along Pak-Afghan Border. PM also visited Ghulam Khan Border terminal and saw the border fencing.

Later the PM addressed combined Jirga of elders from North & South Waziristan.

PM greatly appreciated the people of erstwhile Fata/KP who had gone through a very challenging and difficult time of terrorism.

He hailed the achievements of Pakistan army, all other security forces and intelligence agencies for their successful operations against terrorists. “No other country or their armed forces have done what Pakistan and its armed forces have done in war against terrorism,” PM said.

He said that we have fought an imposed war inside our country as our war at a very heavy cost of sweat & blood and loss to our socio-economic fibre. “We shall not fight any such war again inside Pakistan”, PM pledged.

PM said that we are for peace beyond borders including in Afghanistan. We shall play our role in Afghan peace process along with other stake holders as peace in Afghanistan is critical for achieving enduring peace in Pakistan.

PM paid rich tribute to the martyrs and their families who have sacrificed so much for the safety, security and prosperity of the people of Pakistan and the motherland.

Prime minister announced various welfare packages for the newly-established districts of erstwhile Fata. He announced establishing a university, Army Cadet College and job opportunities including enrolment in law-enforcement agencies.

“A new Pakistan is in the making,” PM concluded.

 

The districts, formerly agencies in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), were made after former president Mamnoon Hussain ratified the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill into law earlier this year.

According to the constitutional amendment, Fata will be granted 16 general seats, four seats for women and one seat for non-Muslims in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The elections shall be held within one year after the general elections.

The amendment reduces the number of seats in the National Assembly from 342 to 336. The members of the National Assembly from Fata to be elected in 2018 election shall continue till the dissolution of the Lower House.

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Prime Minister and COAS arrived at Miran Shah, North Waziristan. Being briefed on security situation, ongoing stability operations, socio-eco projects & rehab of TDPs. PM will later visit Ghulam Khan Terminal/ border fencing and address jirga of local elders at Miran Shah.