Political and judicial vacuum coupled with bad governance and massive corruption in state institutions that resulted in creating a gap between the state and society ultimately led to the people’s exclusion from the political process in today’s tribal belt of Pakistan. To restore people’s confidence over state institution, the government should include the people back into the political process. And the best way is to hold early elections of the local bodies in the erstwhile FATA.
This was the crux of a roundtable discussion held at Riphah University Islamabad in collaboration with Tribal Youth Organization of Pakistan. The event titled “Integration of FATA into KP; Challenges and the way forward” attracted a select group of parliamentarians, media leaders, political and legal experts, youth and women forum besides a large number of civil society members.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri while highlighting efforts of his government said they were committed to the cause of mainstreaming FATA no matter what come may. He said that his government was considering giving the Jirga a legal cover. He also said that the government was considering increasing the number of provincial seats for the tribal districts up to 24. The minister assured the audiences that neither levis nor Khasadars would lose their jobs rather they would be inducted as regular police force.
Minister of State for Climate Change Ms. Zartaj Gul said Prime Minister Imran Khan has a strong political will and a clear vision with a well defined agenda to put the region on the track to progress and prosperity. She further said that her government was aware of the importance of local bodies election.
The veteran politician and former senator Farhatullah Babar in his noteworthy address talked about the assets and liabilities. Babar told the audience how can we make opportunities out of the existing challenges.
MNA from Kurrum Tribal District Munir Orakzai while raising questions over the capacity of the government asked for establishing a strong monitoring mechanism to run a check on the huge transactions amounting to Rs. 100 billion per annum as part of the 10 years socio-economic development plan for the region.