WANA: It has been allocated that students from South Waziristan Lower and South Waziristan Upper have been given a quota of one district in the reserved seats for tribal districts in educational institutions across the country, including Medical and Engineering Universities.
In 2022, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government divided South Waziristan into two districts under the Land Revenue Act 1967.
The names of which were named as South Waziristan Upper and South Waziristan Lower in the notification.
It has been a year since South Waziristan was divided into two districts, but still the quota of one district is being given in the higher educational institutions of the country.
For the year 2023, the Higher Education Commission released 500 scholarships to Ex FATA districts/ Newly merged Districts.
In which 62/62 seats were being formed in South Waziristan Upper and Lower but 62 seats have been given to both districts.
This year, 300 seats were allotted to tribal districts by Pakistan Medical and Dental Commission (PMDC).
In which 42 seats of South Waziristan Lower and Upper were being formed according to as one district, but both the districts were given 42 seats i.e. one district share.
Every year, 1400 seats of engineering universities are allotted for female and male students of erstwhile FATA, in which a separate quota has not been made for both the districts so far.
ANP senior leader Ayaz Wazir says that this is a matter of great misfortune, that South Waziristan has been divided into two districts but till now privileges are being given to only one district.
Ayaz Wazir said that on the other hand, there is poverty and backwardness in these two districts, there was a need to provide more scholarships to poor boys and girls than the existing ones.
On this regarding Chairman Rehamat Khan Mahsud said in a letter, but here the districts of Ex FATA are not getting a share even in the basic shares which are the right of our children Chairman of Mehsud Welfare Association and retired AIG Rehmat Khan Mehsud has written a letter to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar regarding the equal distribution of seats allocated to tribal districts in universities across the country, including medical and engineering universities.
In the letter, Rahmat Khan Mehsud requested the Prime Minister that South Waziristan is divided into two districts in the year 2022.
Which have been named South Waziristan Upper and South Waziristan Lower.
In the letter, the Prime Minister has been told that till now the separate status of the special seats in different colleges and universities for the students of these two new districts has not been clarified, therefore, separate seats should be given for the students of both the districts.
It should be noted that in October 2022, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government fulfilled the long-standing demand of the local people and South Waziristan was officially divided into two districts.