ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul Mulk chaired a meeting on Monday to review progress on the implementation of reforms for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The PM emphasized to formulate a strategy for removing bottlenecks and making the FATA merger process seamless.
Late last month Pakistan passed legislation to merge restive tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and end a colonial-era arrangement Frontier Crimes Regulations.
The PM office said in a statement that the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Azam Khan, made a detailed presentation on the implementation progress and pointed out various administrative, legal and financial issues that needed immediate attention to ensure smooth transition of the merger process after the passage of the 25th Constitutional Amendment.
The meeting was informed that draft plans for extension of judiciary, policing, prosecution and prisons service in the tribal districts have also been prepared. Member Federal Board of Revenue briefed the meeting about the tax exemptions and other financial incentives that have been provided to the people of erstwhile FATA and provincially administered tribal areas for the next five years.
Secretary Finance also briefed the meeting about the financial allocations for the development of the region and for ensuring smooth implementation of the merger process.
“The merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a landmark development promising a positive impact on addressing the development lag and bringing a marked improvement in the lives of the people,” the prime minister said.
“He stressed the need to address the important administrative, legal and financial issues in this regard,” the PM’s office statement read.
The prime minister emphasized that the process of transition should be completed swiftly and must provide a sense of security to the people of the erstwhile tribal areas.