Pakistani President to visit insurgency-hit tribal regions

Other News Materials 7 February 2009 20:08 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday announced to undertake a tour to the insurgency- hit tribal regions to lead the fight against militancy and to bring the areas to the mainstream of national politics, Xinhua reported.

Zardari made the announcement during meeting with legislators from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the second day of his visit to Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

No date has been fixed for the visit but Zardari said that it would be soon.

Zardari asked tribal legislators to prepare their proposals for urgent development projects in their respective areas and send it to his office before the visit.

"One thing is clear: we will not turn our back and not abandon our brethren in the tribal areas," he said. "We must admit that militants had misused our soil and launched attacks on the sovereignty of our country."

"Only when we make such an admission we will be able to restore peace and harmony in the country," he said.

Zardari said that he was looking forward to meeting U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy Richard Holbrooke in Islamabad early next week.

He said that he would discuss and introduce Pakistan's point of view on a host of issues relating to militancy and tribal areas with the special envoy and seek international cooperation.