ISLAMABAD, June 22 (APP): Minister for information and broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said that Prime Minister while chairing meeting to review progress on the development of the merged tribal areas laid emphasis that the people of erstwhile tribal areas and its youth were very dear to him and he desired their immediate development and progress.

Briefing Press after attending meeting, Senator Shibli Faraz said that during the meeting, the prime minister reviewed pace of progress on the development projects of erstwhile FATA.

The prime minister said that under the 2018 arrangements, the federal government had already released its share of funds allocated for the uplift of these areas.

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The minister further informed that a committee had been set up under the finance minister to look after the other issues and it would in coordination with other provinces also ensure availability of funds for the development of these areas.

To recognize the huge sacrifices offered by the people of these areas against terrorism, the prime minister, he said, was taking special interest in the development and progress of these areas.

Senator Shibili Faraz expressed the hope that the ground work on these projects would commence soon.