PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mehmood Khan at the Prime Minister Office in Islamabad on Saturday.

During the meeting development process in tribal districts and future strategy for the area came under discussion. The meeting reviewed ongoing development projects in the merged districts and also discussed issues relating to less developed areas, while Chief Minister Mehmood Khan briefed the prime minister on these projects and other facilities, especially the provision of health cards to people there.

The prime minister said during the meeting that development of the merged districts was among the top priorities of the government. He said development in tribal districts will continue despite austerity measures adopted by the federal government amid acute financial crisis.

Imran Khan said the people of the merged district offered countless sacrifices for the country and now they deserve reward in shape of development. He said the government is making efforts to provide employment opportunities to the youth of these areas, enabling them to demonstrate their skills.

The premier said that provision of health, education, law and order and other facilities and social and economic uplift of the merged areas are among the top priorities of the government so that the standard of living of people could be improved and they could be brought at par with the rest of the country.

Since coming into power 10 months ago, the PTI governments in the Centre and KP have paid special attention to development of tribal districts. Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of the federal and provincial cabinet have made several visits to tribal districts to monitor the development process and announce various schemes. The KP cabinet has also made a schedule of visit of provincial ministers to tribal districts. The visits are conducted with the main purpose of giving the tribal people a sense of ownership of development and merger process.

The meeting of the prime minister with KP governor and chief minister came two days ahead of the budget session of the Parliament. It is likely that development priorities and allocations for tribal districts were discussed in the important meeting.