ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders said  that economic development is the best weapon against extremism which should be utilized to ensure peace, security and development.

This was said by by Shahid Rasheed Butt, Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders in a statement issued on Wednesday. He said the situation has been improved in FATA and now the government should focus on improving the social sector and exploit mineral resources of the area.

He said the areas of North and South Waziristan agencies were not only troubled areas and sources of terrorism but also full with natural resources enough to change the fate of the country, therefore, special attention should be given to these areas.
He said that the resources of FATA should be exploited without any delay so that the local population can get jobs which will bring an end to militancy and improve the image of the country. He said that the region should be brought to the national mainstream as soon as possible which will be beginning of a new era of prosperity. Hundreds of businessmen who left that area under fear and now coming back which is a very positive sign, he added.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that Waziristan agencies are full of precious stones, gold, silver, copper worth billions of dollars, granite, marble and large quality of other precious stones which could be utilized to earn huge foreign exchange. He said one of the area has enough oil and gas reserves which can be utilize by the country for next forty years.
The government should not waste time and start using these resources of national development.