Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, inaugurated UAE funded 100 bedded Sheikha Fatima Binte Mubarak Hospital at Sholam, South Waziristan on Wednesday. According to Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli the director of the Emirati Project to Assist Pakistan, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Hospital was built on a 4,330-square-metre plot of land with the cost of a $5 million (Dh18 million). The Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Hospital in Sholam is fully equipped with dialysis centre, preventive medicine centre and children’s immunization centre in South Waziristan administrated by FATA.
The Hospital is a part UAE Project to Assist Pakistan UAE-PAP initiated by UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in January 2011 at a total cost of US$100 million for the reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by devastating floods and natural calamities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Bajaur and South Waziristan districts of the tribal belt. The UAE-PAP projects were started to provide better life to the local people by creating jobs. The said projects focused education, public health, roads, bridges and supply of water treatment plants and networks.
During his one day visit of North and South Waziristan Army Chief was given detailed briefing on ongoing Operations Zarb-e-Azb and comprehensive Rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of area.
According to ISPR COAS also inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for FATA. COAS inaugurated 72 km long Miranshah – Razmak- Makeen dual carriage Road as part of the 705 KMs Central Trade Corridor. The newly constructed road by FWO will considerably reduce traveling time between North and South Wazirstan. Later COAS commissioned state of the art 100 bedded Sheikha Fatima Binte Mubarak Hospital at Sholam, South Waziristan.
Addressing the FATA elders General Raheel Sharif appreciated the support of the tribal brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices. He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to return and Army will not go back till the job is fully done. As return of IDPs and their resettlement works continue so as to complete by end year 2016.
General Raheel Sharif, said development of Fata is a priority task being undertaken by the army as a comprehensive plan. These projects will improve the quality of life in tribal areas, usher a new era of economic prosperity and address the problem of militancy on a long term basis, COAS emphasized. Pakistan Army has undertaken 567 projects so far in the social sector, communication infrastructure and power sector in Waziristan.
The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan UAE-PAP had launched seven healthcare projects at a cost of over US$17.1 million in Pakistan’s Bajaur, the key features of The 70-bed Bajaur hospital a dialysis centre, an electro encephalograph (EEG) unit, two quarantine units, two operating rooms as well as wards for chest diseases, skin diseases and emergency and outpatient clinics to serve a population of 800,000 people of the underprivileged region of FATA.
In 2015, UAE Project to Assist Pakistan completed a Cadet College in Wana, South Waziristan with the cost of $5.4 million (Dh19.8 million) which is considered largest educational project in the South Waziristan region. In 2013, then Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani inaugurated a magnificent and strongly-built 330-metre-long bridge over River Swat named Sheikh Khalifa bin Zyed Al-Nahyan Bridge.
The 40 years old bridge was swept away in flashfloods in 2011 and the whole population of the area was facing innumerous difficulties since then. The UAE government sponsored the construction of the vital bridge that was completed at the cost of US$12.6 million. General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani also inaugurated a 50km road from Wana – the main town of the South Waziristan Agency – to Angoor Adda.
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