Govt firm to bring Fata at par with other regions: President

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Fata merger with KP best solution to address tribals plight: MPs

Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said the government was committed to bring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) at par with other regions of the country through reforms and ensuring socio-economic development of the region.
He stated that introduction of comprehensive reforms in FATA was a step in right direction and would be instrumental in meeting longstanding demands of the people of the region.
The President expressed these views while chairing a presentation on FATA Reforms here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid, Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and National Secu-rity Advisor Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua were also present on the occasion. The President stated that FATA reforms should be in line with the aspirations of the people of the region and all stakeholders should be taken on board.
He stressed on the need to have an effective check and balance mechanism to ensure proper utilization of de-velopment funds and to curb corruption during implementation phase of the reforms.
The President appreciated the work of FATA Reforms Committee and hoped that FATA Reforms would help in mainstreaming FATA and addressing the issues for socio- economic development of the region.
During the presentation, the President was apprised that the members of FATA Reforms committee held meet-ings with all stakeholders including elected representatives of FATA, tribal Maliks and Elders, representatives of political parties, traders, journalists, youth and civil society organizations to gather their opinion and suggestions before finalizing its recommendations for the future of the region.
Meanwhile the politicians and lawmakers of KP mainstream political parties here Tuesday said that merger of Fata with Khyber Pakthunkhwa was best solution in prevailing situation to address long standing problems and difficulties of tribal people. PPP former President KP Rahimdad Khan said any decision taken with the support and consensus of tribal people would be durable and lifelong.
He said time has come to abolish FCR and extend Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court jurisdiction to tribal areas.
PML-N leader and MPA Rushad Khan also hailed the recommendations of FRC about merger of FATA with KP and termed it a best available solution, saying time has come to bring Fata into mainstream. He said the past regimes had overlooked Fata by did not giving focus on redressal of problems despite their immense sacrifices for the country.
The PML-N leader said the present elected Government accorded high priority to Fata by forming a high level committee to submit recommendations about development, plans and reforms for the socio-economic development of tribal people.—APP

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