89% people have no access to internet in former FATA

PESHAWAR: Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Science and Information Technology Ziaullah Bangash said on Saturday that the government was committed to provide quality internet service in merged tribal districts and rest of the province.

Chairing a meeting of KP Information Technology Board regarding the provision of internet facility, Ziaullah Bangash said that provision of fast-speed internet in all the districts was the need of time to provide more opportunities of people to play their role in development. He hoped that the issue would be resolved by this year.

Mr Bangash said federal and KP governments and all stakeholders are on the same page for providing internet service to the people in merged districts on fast track basis. The adviser said the government would also provide internet service to tourists’ centres.

A representative of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) informed the meeting that that PTCL has completed provision of internet service through optical fibre in almost all the districts of KP. He said the PTCL is providing services from Malakand to Bahrain to promote tourism.

The official told the meeting that optical fibre has been laid in Khar tehsil of Bajaur tribal district, and work on internet service in some areas of Kurram and Orakzai tribal districts is in progress. He said that Wana, Miranshah and Shakai areas of Waziristan region were also being provided internet facility through optical fibre.

Funds have also been released to two mobile phone companies to provide 3G internet service in Chitral, Lower Dir and Upper Dir.

Mohmand development projects

Ziaullah Bangash says development projects worth Rs4.5 billion would be approved soon for Mohmand tribal district.

The CM’s adviser visited Mohmand district, where he met tribal elders and listened the public issues in an open court to review the ongoing schemes and consult the tribal people in decision-making process.

Mr Bangash said that 81 tube wells were being constructed at a cost of Rs500 million in the district and Rs390 million has been allocated for improving the condition of schools and provision of furniture, besides spending billions of rupees on construction of roads.

He said that people associated with the marble industry in Mohmand would be provided modern technology for marble cutting to replace dangerous and out-dated blasting process.