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Tribal people rendered great sacrifices for country: president

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday directed to complete the merger process of tribal areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the earliest for the benefit of tribal people.

“Tribal people have rendered great sacrifices for the country,” he said while addressing a meeting in Peshawar.

The president said tribal areas had been given exemption from taxes for five years and investors should take full benefit of it.

Earlier, he was briefed about introduction of reforms in tribal areas.

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Arif Alvi was informed that election for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from tribal districts would be held in May next year.

“Delimitation for this purpose is in progress and will be completed by the end of next month,” he said.

The president was told that a committee of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has been constituted for restructuring administrative setup for tribal districts.  It will submit its report within fifteen days.

He was also briefed about the Bus Rapid Transit project in Peshawar. He was told the BRT project would be completed in April 2019.

Dr Arif Alvi lauded the BRT project and hoped it would provide better transport facilities to the people. He directed for early completion of the BRT project.

Separately, while addressing a medical conference arranged by Pakistan Medical Association in Peshawar, Dr Arif Alvi asked doctors to serve the ailing humanity with religious and national spirit.

He said our society was faced with a number of health-related issues. He asked electronic media to allocate at least ten percent of their time to public service messages.

Arif Alvi said we can overcome diseases through proper treatment and precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, the president and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman at their meeting in Peshawar discussed law and order situation and development projects in the province.

The governor informed the president that the provincial government was taking various steps for the welfare of the people especially those belonging to tribal districts.

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