Pakistan News Service

Friday Oct 31, 2014, Muharram 7, 1436 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

PM Nawaz approves brigade-level antt for Swat, Malakand

16 January, 2014

  Related News  
Talks only under Quran and Sunnah: TTP
Government, Taliban teams move one step forward
  Related Articles  
Stop Thinking of Negotiations with Terrorists
By Zaheerul Hassan
Aimless talk-and-talk strategy
By Asif Haroon Raja
  Related Speakout  
New Geo Political Block of Asia?
The Place Called Swat
  More on this View All
  Related News Poll

SWAT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to Swat on Wednesday, approved in principle and announced a brigade-level cantonment for Swat and Malakand.

The prime minister gave the approval during a briefing given to him. He also lauded the role played by the Pakistan Army in restoring peace and stability in the area. Nawaz also said on Wednesday that he would contact the political leaders to help carry forward the dialogue process with the Taliban.

"I will talk to Imran Khan, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maulana Samiul Haq and Syed Munawar Hassan. If they make any breakthrough, it would be a great pleasure for me. Hopefully, this will help the process move forward speedily and effectively," the premier said in an interview with a private television channel, the excerpts of which were aired on Wednesday. The complete interview would be aired tonight, according to the channel.

Agreeing with the TV anchor's suggestion of engaging other political leaders in the talks process, the prime minister said he already had such a strategy in his mind and would ask these leaders to extend cooperation. He said the participation of former army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the ISI chief in the all-parties conference proved that the army was not separate from the nation. "They had also endorsed the APC decisions," he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz said the military had left the issue to be resolved by the political and national leadership of the country, "and even today they (military) stick to their stance". He said now it was the responsibility of the national leadership to move forward in unison. Nawaz hoped that the government would now have the opportunity to move forward.

Prime Minister Nawaz travelled to Swat District to sell his much-triumphed Youth Loan Scheme, saying party affiliation would not qualify anyone for the loan. "It does not matter if the applicant belongs to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan People's Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or any other political party; they will get a loan if they qualify," he said while addressing a select group of people in Mingora where a curfew was imposed to guard him against any Taliban attack.

He said that party affiliations were limited to election campaigning. "Now that I'm the prime minister of the entire nation, these differences don't matter." Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak was not invited to the packed hall where the prime minister came to sell his loan scheme. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Eng Shaukatullah and others received Nawaz. The prime minister said that no powerful person would influence the decision to grant any loans. "Deserving applicants will get the loan," he said, adding that as a head of the state, he should stick to justice even if it "costs" him the premiership.

Nawaz said all provinces would get equitable share under the PM's Youth Business Loan Scheme. He said the loans would be dispensed in accordance with the population ratio of each province. "The loan quota of a province would not diverted to any other federating units in case less applications were received from a province. Instead, the shortfall of the applications of that province would be shifted to the next month," he added.

The prime minister said the applications for business loans would be decided purely on merit regardless of affiliation with any political group. Prime Minister Nawaz said that the government was alive to the issues of backwardness, unemployment and economic deprivation in the country and was striving to address these through judicious distribution of resources.

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Imran - Qadri long march
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Gullu Butt sent to prison for 11 years
Sweden becomes the first E.U. member to recognize the state of Palestine
Suggested Sites