KP announces Rs 3.5bn uplift package for Tirah

* Governor says restoration of peace in FATA top priority of govt

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Khan on Tuesday announced a development package of Rs 3.5 billion for the Tirah Valley, which the government forces retook from the Taliban early this month.
The package announcement came hours after fighter jets bombings killed at least 25 suspected militants in strikes on militant hideouts in the Tirah Valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, military sources said. Mahtab Khan said restoring peace and normalcy in entire country FATA “is the top most priority” of the present government. “The sacrifices and the role of army, levies and other security forces; political administration and the tribal elders in bringing peace and stability in the Tirah Maidan area are above board,” he said while addressing a jirga. The governor also announced 90-kilometre-long road to link Tirah Valley with Barra town of Khyber, Orakzai Agency and Sadda of Kurram Agency. He also declared establishment of a model school alongside 16 normal schools in the valley. “All the private schools of the valley will be sponsored through FATA Education Foundation and a ‘D’ category hospital will also be established in the valley,” he said. 

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