FATA Re­forms Com­mit­tee to sub­mit re­port to PM soon

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Fed­eral Min­is­ter for States and Fron­tier Re­gions (SAFRON) Lt Gen (R) Ab­dul Qadir Baloch here Thurs­day said that the rec­om­men­da­tions on FATA re­forms were in fi­nal stages and the com­mit­tee would present its re­port to the Prime Min­is­ter soon. Talk­ing to APP here the min­is­ter said that a com­mit­tee headed by the Prime Min­is­ter Ad­vi­sor on For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz was con­sti­tuted to pro­pose FATA re­forms.

He said that the com­mit­tee have vis­ited the seven agen­cies of FATA and held meet­ings with the el­ders and other mem­bers of civil so­ci­ety to take their in­put with re­gard to re­forms in those ar­eas. He said that the com­mit­tee recorded two dif­fer­ent rec­om­men­da­tions in sep­a­rate meet­ings with tribal el­ders who wanted to con­tinue with old Jirja sys­tem and youth was in favour of merg­ing with Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that presently, there were host of chal­lenges which needed to be ad­dressed in­clud­ing pro­vi­sion of a role in their af­fairs, grant­ing right of ap­peal in courts, abol­ish­ing col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bly clause of Fron­tier Crimes Reg­u­la­tion (FCR). The min­is­ter said that a po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ence would also be con­vened to give con­crete shape to the rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore ap­proval. He said that the tribal peo­ple have ren­dered supreme sac­ri­fices for the coun­try. Cur­rently, there was an im­me­di­ate chal­lenge to repa­tri­ate them to their na­tive ar­eas be­sides re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing with pro­vid­ing all ba­sic ameni­ties of life.

Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing spe­cial in­ter­est and steps for the de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment of health sec­tor in Fed­er­ally-Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA). An of­fi­cial source told APP here Thurs­day that in this re­gard fed­eral gov­ern­ment has launched var­i­ous schemes and projects for the de­vel­op­ment of this area. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has agreed to pro­vide Rs one bil­lion ru­pees for the ar­rears and in­creased salaries of teach­ers.—APP

MULTAN: Mo­tor­cy­clists on the way while cover­ing their heads to pro­tect from sun.

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