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ISLAMABAD: Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) has suffered a loss of $2,146 million in different sectors due to terrorism, while $1,009 million are immediately needed to initiate work on various mega projects in the region, Secretary Planning & Development Department FATA, Secretariat Zafar Hassan said Monday.

Speaking at a workshop on “Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and Cost of Conflict in FATA” at a local hotel, he said the country was suffering due to the insurgency in FATA and development in the region was necessary to make Pakistan stronger.

Insurgency in FATA, he said had incurred $103 million to infrastructure sector, $55 million to human sector, $119 million to economic sector, $1,109 million to social sector and $188 million to environmental sector. While due to the security and IDPs it suffered a loss of $572 million, he added. “The damage to economy of FATA could be seen in terms of its impact on closure of markets, decrease in agriculture and industrial production and marketing and transit with Afghanistan, he said.

Hassan said that the delivery of social services had also been affected due to the closure of educational and health institutions and with more than 500 social sector institutions completed damaged.

He assured donors that if they would provide funds to develop the region, they would be utilised in a fair manner. Deputy Secretary Planning & Development Department FATA, Mazhar Ali Shah on the occasion presented the first ever Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of FATA.

The survey was implemented by the FATA Secretariat in partnership with Federal Bureau of Statistics, NWFP Provincial Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF. The survey provided information on the situation of children, women and families. Mazhar said the survey would help provide guidelines for decision making.

Source: Daily Times

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