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Rs490m Benazir University to be set up soon in Dir
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:14:29 PM »
Rs490m Benazir University to be set up soon in Dir

Islamabad: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najamuddin Khan here on Tuesday said the government would soon establish the Benazir Science & Technology University in Dir and the proposal had been sent to the Planning Division for necessary action.

He said the university would be established in Shringal (Dir) with an amount of Rs490 million. In an exclusive interview with APP, the minister said the government had taken parliamentarians and tribal elders from Fata on board for legislation and abolishing the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) in collaboration with the Law Ministry.

He said due to the personal interest of President Asif Ali Zardari, ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan had improved and were now cordial and warm, adding that both the nations had also strengthened mutual confidence.

He said the PPP-led government was successful in improving the law and order situation in Fata and the Kurram Agency, adding that talks were held with the tribal elders in Swat, Dir and Malakand Divisions and breakthrough had been achieved vis-a-vis the demand for the enforcement of Shariah laws in the region.

"The SAFRON Ministry has provided 10 ambulances to hospitals for the people living in the slum areas of Upper and Lower Dir. Moreover, the vaccination facility has been made available to the victims of Hepatitis C under the Benazir Relief Fund," he added.

The minister said that more than 10,000 people daily crossed the Torkham Border without any checking due to its length, stretching more than 1,200 kilometres.

Najamuddin said Pakistan had been providing every facility to Afghan refugees for the past three decades and the government was spending billions of rupees on providing wheat, electricity and other amenities of life to them. He said 1.5 million refugees had been registered and the remaining will soon be enlisted.

"Pakistan enjoys good ties with the Afghan government and a committee has been constituted by the prime minister for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan."Najamuddin Khan also urged the world community and donors to come forward and help provide facilities to the refugees.
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