Jhagra says return of TDPs tops do-list when he takes charge in KP


Swift return of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) to their respective hometowns in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is the top priority for the governor designate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.

“I will be taking up the issue of TDPs’ return to their hometowns with the PM and the ministers concerned to ensure that the job is completed at the earliest,” Jhagra told Pakistan Today on Thursday.

The senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader is expected to take oath of his new office on Sunday or Monday.

“The doors of the Governor’s House will be open to all. I also plan to meet with the lawmakers from FATA. My focus would remain the wellbeing of the people of FATA who have been the protectors of Pakistan’s longest border,” he added.

Jhagra said that the tribesmen of FATA had bravely fought against terrorists and the country could never forget their services rendered for the country and its people.

Jhagra said his father, Muzaffar Jhagra, was a leader in the Pakistan Movement.

“On May 1947, my father was attending a Muslim League meeting in Peshawar along with Khan Qayyum Khan, Arbab Noor Mohammad Khan and others who had just returned after a meeting with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. During the meeting, my father was informed about my birth back home. Khan Qayyum Khan there and then named me Iqbal to pay homage to Allama Iqbal,” Jhagra said candidly.

He said his association with PML-N was beyond political objectives and he would remain loyal with the Sharif family come what may.

Jhagra is one of the few Muslim leaguers who did not join the military regime of Pervez Musharraf.

It was Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz, who proposed Jhagra’s name for governorship.