Minister says efforts on for uplift of Bakkakhel

Barkatullah Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The Provincial Minister for Transport, Malik Shah Muhammad Wazir said that he had been making hectic efforts to bring the deprived people of Bakkakhel (erstwhile FR Bannu) at par.

Speaking to Sunrise Today on Thursday, he said that he was making sincere efforts for the uplift of his constituency and approved several mega projects, including the construction of 60 kilometers long Circular Road at the cost of Rs7 billion, raising of the Baran Dam at Rs5 billion, the Cadet College Bannu at Bakkakhel at Rs3 billion, adding that Rs1.5 billion to be spent on the uplift and beautification of Bannu.

He stated that to increase the literacy rate in his insurgency-hit area, the government approved funds for the construction of a government degree college for boys and a government technical college apart from building 9 government higher secondary schools, high schools and primary schools, saying that the projects of construction of the New Bus Terminal and office for the Regional Transport Authority in Bannu were also approved.

He went on to say that to improve the health services in Bakkakhel subdivision a huge chunk of funds for the construction of a tehsil hospital and network of civil dispensaries and maternity centers in Bakkakhel were also sanctioned through his efforts.

He said that in view of the deplorable condition of roads and bridges, he convinced the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Federal Minister for Communication Murad Saeed, who approved funds for the construction of 12 bridges, besides roads, including Janikhel-Baran Dam Road, Miryan-Narmikhel Road and Haved-Hindi Road.

Talking about the legal problems of the people of his constituency, the minister stated that he had approved two tehsils for Bakkakhel and Miryan and two sub-tehsils for Janikhel and Sardikhel whereas funds would be released soon, adding that to keep clean Bakkakhel and Miryan, and to provide civic facilities, the provincial government had approved funds to construct separate tehsil municipal administration in both tehsils.

“To provide immediate health services in case of emergency, I made the chief minister agreed to approve fund for launching the Rescue 1122 service in Bannu district,” he said. Regarding sports activities in his constituency, the minister said that a park near Baran Dam and sports ground would be built in Bakkakhel.

Thanking the provincial government to sanction funds for opening offices for the subdivisional education officers in Bakkakhel and Miryan, he stated that such development would help manage education facilities appropriately, adding that funds to the tune of Rs2900 million for construction of some more blocks and wards in the Khalifa Gulnawaz Teaching Hospital and Rs1000 million for Bannu Medical College were also sanctioned.

“The CM has appointed me as a focal person for Bannu like Kamran Bangash for Kohat and Ali Amin Gandapur for Dera Ismail Khan,” he maintained, saying that both the prime minister and chief minister had given him free hand to spend as much funds as he could so that the militancy-affected tribes-people could be compensated accordingly after the merger.

Regarding the Peshawar-D.I. Khan Expressway, he said that it was really a gigantic project for the southern districts for which the provincial government had already approved Rs250 billion in ADP, adding that the work on the project would start in near future.

It may be added here that Malik Shah Muhammad Wazir basically belongs to Bakkakhel subdivision (erstwhile FR Bannu), but migrated to Bannu city long long ago. Initially, he was affiliated to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) but the party leadership did not award him ticket to contest the general elections in 2013 and thus he contested the election independently against the JUI candidate where he got elected as an MPA from his constituency, PK-89 Bannu. When the PTI along with coalition partner JI formed the government led by Pervez Khattak, so he joined the government. Similarly, he was elected as an MPA once again on PTI ticket in 2018 general elections from his constituency PK-89 Bannu. He also helped the party chief, Imran Khan, elected from NA-35 Bannu.

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