Chief Minister Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Wednesday said the people of the frontier province suffered countless casualties and confronted huge problems since an aggressive policy against militancy was adopted in the region.
“The nation paid a high price after they were indulged in a bloody war which only invited destructions and devastations to the people of the region. Using force against militants had further aggravated the situation but now the time has come to arrive at a peaceful settlement of the issue through the involvement of traditional jirga system,” Hoti said while talking to Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Raul Engin Soysal, who called on him at his office on Wednesday.
Ensuring internal security, obtaining political and financial autonomy and serving the people of the province through maintaining good governance were the main targets of the incumbent provincial set up, Hoti said.
About the security situation, the chief minister said that the cabinet committee has been working on its task of achieving a lasting peace in the insurgency-plagued areas and a great achievement has been made towards this end.
However, he linked peace in Afghanistan to peace in tribal region, saying the fire reached the province after it broke out in Waziristan.
Chief Minister said securing peace through negotiations was a tough task citing the involvement of various factors including national and international. “We have launched parleys with the Taliban. However, the aliens would not be indulged in these processes as we want to separate them from locals,” Hoti said.
“We are the followers of Bacha Khan – founder of the ANP – whose mission was to help the nation through a non-violent struggle,” he added.
Referring to Pakistan relations with Turkey, the chief minister said both the countries were tied in strongest religious, cultural and histrorical bonds. He expressed the hope that ties between the two countries in diverse field life would further boost with the passage of time.
Hoti hailed the Turkish government for generously contributing towards the assistance for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of earthquake hit zones.
The chief minister on this occasion said there was a great potential of foreign investment in the fields of hydel power generation, minerals, urban development, small dams, cement, etc, urging the Turkish investors to benefit from the facilities and incentives being offered by the government for investment.
Earlier, the Turkish ambassador to Pakistan, appreciating the government efforts for peace and stability in the region, said that both the countries have common goals in the regions and would struggle for the development of prosperity of both the nations.
He also informed the chief minister about the progress being made in the field of education in the earthquake hit zones in the province with the support of Turkish government and other Turkish organizations.