Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has planned to construct and rehabilitate residential colonies and 109 worship places of minorities across the province, according to a news story published on Friday (December 31).
A Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) meeting held on Wednesday (December 29) approved PKR 500 million for rehabilitation and construction of non-Muslim places of worship and colonies, which will benefit the provincial residents associated with other beliefs.
As per the details, 19 of these projects are in Peshawar, 10 in Kohat, 17 in Lower Chitral, 11 in Mardan, and 9 in Abbottabad, 8 in Nowshera, 7 each in Haripur and Swat, 6 in Bannu, 3 in Dera Ismail Khan, 2 each in Tank and Malakand, and 1 each in Lower Dir and Battagram.
Moreover, Auqaf, Haj, and Religious and Minority Affairs Department Provincial Secretary Khayyam Hassan Khan stated that a similar project has been planned for merged districts. He went on to say that PKR 300 million projects will be presented before PDWP in the next meeting.
Reportedly, the department has identified 25 worship places across the tribal district for rehabilitation. It was disclosed that 14 projects are selected for the Kalash minority living in the remote areas of Birir, Bumboret, Rumbor valleys in Southern Chitral.