TACCI seeks tax exemption for FATA industries

PESHAWAR: Tribal Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI) has demanded of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ask federal government for announcement of a special package with the objective of opening of closed industrial units in FATA.
The demand was made at a meeting of TACCI held here on Friday at his office with president Tribal Chamber of Commerce, Rahat Ali Khan in chair, said a press release issued here.
The participants of the meeting observed that tribal area will prosperous only if the announcement made at time of creation of Pakistan that tribal area will be exempted from all sort of taxes.
The meeting also passed a resolution unanimously strongly condemning proposed rejection of a plan to set up FATA Investment Bank.
TACCI also demanded of the Governor to use his influence and take the stake holders in confidence for early setting up of FATA Investment Bank with the objective of initiating the process of economic development of FATA and PATA.
In this connection, it was also decided that a delegation would be formed which will meet Governor to apprise him about the importance of FATA Investment Bank.
The meeting also hail decision of PCSIR labortartry about opening of a sample collection point at the office of TACCI. - APP

Governor apprises Chinese investors about investment opportunities in FATA

PESHAWAR: Governor, Engr. Shaukatullah has said Mineral sector in FATA offers tremendous opportunities for investors to promote their businesses and generate economic activities for the local people as well and government has already initiated concrete measures to facilitate them to the utmost level to make this possible.
Talking to a group of Chinese investors who accompanied by their Pakistani partners called on him at Governor's House here on Tuesday, the Governor particularly mentioned the recently developed Momand Marble City; the First ever industrial estate in FATA and said, not only un-interrupted electricity supply has been made available but mere the development cost of rupees one million is charged for one acre industrial plot.

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FATA families defy Taliban to educate children

PESHAWAR: Students from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are taking active steps to foil the Taliban's efforts to render them illiterate.
Since 2008, militants have waged an endless attack on the region's schools, leaving more than 200,000 students without a safe place to learn, Bajaur Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah said.
But students, and their parents, are learning to adapt.
"We are compelled to send away our children to schools in Peshawar and elsewhere because of the Taliban's persistent campaign against education in FATA," Bajaur Agency resident Muhammad Shaukat told Central Asia Online. "Otherwise, our children would grow up to be monsters, which is exactly what the Taliban want."

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Governor approves holding of First FATA Games in November

PESHAWAR: Governor Engr. Shaukat Ullah Wednesday approved holding of First FATA Games in November this year in which 22 games affiliated with FATA Olympic Association will be organised in various agencies headquarters.
The decision in this connection was taken in the 4th General Council Meeting of the FATA Olympic Association held here at Governor House with President of the FATA Olymnpic Association Engr. Shaukat Ullah, in the chair.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Shinwari, Director Sports FATA Faisal Jamil Shah and President and Secretaries of all the 22 affiliated associations were also attended.
The general council meeting was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Dr. Wazir Akbar, President of FATA Judo Association, followed by approval of the 3rd general council meeting. The meeting also approved fund and expenditure, purchased of equipments and replacement of the senior vice president, vice president and member executive committee vacant posts.
MNA Sajid Tori was unanimously elected as Senior Vice President of FATA Olympic Association by replacing Imtiaz Afridi.
The Vice President vacant posts was filled with MNA Al-Haj Shaji Gul Afridi and Engr. Saif-ul-Islam against ex-vice president Noor Aslam Afridi and Samad Afridi besides including of two female vice president.
The house also approved affiliation to FATA Hockey Association, FATA Rugby Association, FATA Karate Association and FATA Tug-of-War Association.
Addressing the house, Governor Engr. Shaukat Ullah thanked the house for their efforts as far as promotion of healthy sports activities in various agencies are concerned. He said FATA Olympic Association in a short span of two years organised dozens of sports activities all across FATA and urged upon the members concerned to expedite their efforts so that the youth could be able to come up at national and international level. - APP

Week-long Boys Scout FATA ceremony concludes with grand camp fire

PESHAWAR: A week long Boys Scout FATA ceremony attended by Boys scouts from all across FATA concluded with a grand camp fire held at Qayyum Sports Complex on Thursday.
Chief Minister Special Advisor on Higher Education MPA, Mushtaq Ghani was the chief guest on this occasion.
Secretary FATA Scout Association Faisal Jamil Shah, Acting Director General Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tariq Mehmood, Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Shinwari, Scouts Development Officer in FATA Awan Hussain, scout leaders, scouts and large number of spectators were also present during the grand gala that enthralled them.
A walk was also held to apprise the scouts and general public about the  rules of traffic besides hospital services demonstrations were also held. - APP

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