PESHAWAR - Federal government can be formally contacted if the provincial government seriously considers that deployment of Rangers is necessary in the province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said on Monday. “We will certainly take up it with the centre because security issue has much importance. The Rangers can be called if the KP government is really interested,” the Governor said this while talking to media persons at Governor House. However, he suggested: “Let’s address the gap and overcome shortcomings if there is any. Because, I see we have also a very capable force already available in the province.”

The issue of Rangers deployment in Peshawar is talk of the town after CM KP Pervez Khattak a few days back formally asked the federal government to return FC personnel performing duty outside the province or provide Rangers for deployment along the boundary with FATA to check militants’ infiltration into the province.

The Governor said that he would be happy enough to go alongside provincial government in the province. No hurdle would be tolerated in getting provincial rights. “I don’t need to intervene in the affairs of the provincial government,” he added. The federal government, he said, was fully committed to implement the CPEC in letter and spirit. However, he said, reservations in this regard would be addressed, if any.

When asked about FATA Reforms Committee’s progress, he said that committee members had so far visited three tribal agencies to get tribesmen viewpoints on future status of tribal areas.

Truly, he said, the consultation process has been slow a little bit because chairman of the committee Sartaj Aziz who is also Foreign Affairs Adviser to PM has been abroad due to certain engagements at international level. “I will soon contact with Sartaj Aziz and the process will be expedited,” he added.

About IDPs, the Governor said, around two lakh displaced tribesmen have so far been honourably repatriated while the remaining one lakh and 50 thousands would be repatriated by end of November next. It will be a great achievement.

He maintained that no shortage of funds would hinder the timely repatriation of the IDPs, who had left homes for the sake of the country. He said: “Our forces are doing a great job by eliminating terrorists.” He said that a complete peace would return but it would take time. Comparatively, law and order situation has improved though not fully normalize yet. This was made possible just because of sacrifices rendered by brave forces, he explained.

About his office, Jhagra said that it is a challenging job but he accepted to serve the nation. He said that FATA’s future would be decided as per the wishes of tribal people.