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A view of a high level meeting of provincial government and Interior Ministry on Law & Order situation in the province at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar on June.19,2008

Advisor to prime minister on interior, Rehman Malik, has said that the Pakhtunkhwa government was fully authorized to enter deals with Taliban for securing peace and called for respecting the agreements.

“The federal government will support the Frontier government for its efforts to eliminate extremism and bring back peace and improve security in the troubled areas as insecurity is not a problem of the province but a threat to country’s survival,” Malik told a high level joint meeting of the federal and provincial governments’ officials at CM Secretariat on Thursday.

Central President of ANP Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan, Chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, peace envoy Afrasiab Khattak, senior provincial minister Rahimdad Khan, federal interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah, chief secretary Sahibzada Riaz Noor, additional secretary FATA, heads of federal and provincial law enforcing agencies and other provincial and federal government officials were present in the meeting.

The meeting thoroughly discussed overall law and order situation in settled areas including Peshawar and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. IGP Malik Naveed, commandant FC Zafrullah Khan and IG Frontier Core briefed the meeting about the law and order and security situation.

Several key decisions were taken about law and order and security situation in the province and it was agreed that besides the police and FC forces, other law enforcing agencies will be strengthened and will be made more effective to meet the challenges.

In this regard, the meeting was told that the federal government will provide all possible assistance to the provincial government.

Rehman Malik asked the provincial government to prepare its summary of recommendations as soon as possible which will be got approved from the prime minister.

He further said that the use of force was not any solution to the problem, adding all the political forces should jointly work towards achieving a lasting peace in the region as it was the matter of the country’s survival.

Malik said that both the federal and provincial governments were confronting with numerous problems including price hike and law and order situation. He said peace in the province and Fata was linked to peace in neighboring Afghanistan.

He emphasized on complete coordination among the law enforcing agencies and assured that the federal government will provide resources in this regard. He asked the law enforcing agencies to arrange weekly meetings for discussion over the situation and said very soon he along with Asfandyar Wali Khan, will be meeting with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in this respect.

Chief of Awami National Party, Asfanyar Wali Khan, who was also present on the occasion said; “It is the war of the entire country for which besides taking administrative measures, political decisions are also important to be taken. It is the time to act as if we fail today, the consequences will be harsh in future,” he added.

Asfandyar said that equal importance had been given to hujra and mosque in a Pakhtun society. However, he said the traditional jirga system was bypassed and the policy of might is right was used to resolve the problem of insecurity and law and order.

He called for reviving the jirga system in Fata as tribal society was a traditional and religious society wherein all the disputes could be resolved in mosque and hujras.

The Central President of the party also called for implementation of political act in FATA and bringing the tribesmen into mainstream national development.

On this occasion, Chief Secretary kept abreast the participants of the meeting about the law and order situation and the difficulties due to financial constrains. He said if the federal government did not help the provincial government in subsidy on wheat price, the Annual Developmental Programme of the province will affect.