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Govt to extend all possible assistance to erstwhile FATA: Hafeez Shaikh

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has expressed the government's commitment to extend all possible assistance to erstwhile FATA to fulfill its needs.

He said this while chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Monday to review the social and economic needs of the merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas. 

The Finance Advisor said the government will also the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in its endeavors to work for the social and economic development of the merged districts of FATA.

He assured the meeting that Ministry of Finance would timely process releasing of funds for the merged districts. The meeting was informed that the Federal Government had disbursed sufficient funds on the rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons of the former tribal agencies.

Earlier, Finance Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra, briefed the meeting about the financial requirements of the merged districts of the province.

He highlighted that the FATA Development Funds would be utilized for the development of the social sector particularly, health and education of the former tribal agencies, besides improving road and electricity infrastructure in the area.