Mainstreaming FATA is the need of hour-PM directs Law Ministry to expedite work on the recommendations of FATA Reforms Committee
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the minister for law and justice to fast track legislative and administrative measures for mainstreaming of FATA in rest of the country. He stated this while chairing a high-level meeting of National Committee on the Implementation of FATA Reforms in Islamabad. The committee took many decisions to expedite the process of its implementation. The committee approved the fast-track recruitment of police and re-deployment of some of the frontier constabulary, after training, to perform police functions. It was also decided to put in place an appropriate administrative mechanism and to create a position of chief operating officer during the transition period. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa briefed the committee on the successes achieved in establishing writ of the state throughout FATA and on the steps taken to strengthen security, border infrastructure and the development efforts during the last few years. The prime minister in his remarks reiterated that the basic purpose of these reforms was to improve the living standard of FATA people. Other members of committee who attended the meeting included Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parvez Khattak, Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz and senior civil and military officials.
Host: Arshad Malik
Co-Host: Dr.Sajjad Bukhari
Analyst Live on Phone:
Shahab-ud-Din (Leader, PML-N)
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the concerns to fast track legislative and administrative measures for mainstreaming of FATA. It is for the first time in history of Pakistan that the incumbent government is taking certain measures for FATA reforms. It will be helpful in bringing the tribal people in national streamline. FATA reforms will improve the living standard of FATA people who had suffered enormously due to a long war, insurgency and widespread displacement in the past three decades. We have suggested and presented resolution in National Assembly to merge FATA with the KPK province.
Topic: Durable peace in the world not possible without resolving Kashmir issue-Maleeha urges world community to play its role for Kashmir longstanding dispute
Pakistan has called for resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute to usher in peace in the region. Speaking at a high-level forum on Culture of Peace, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN Ambassador, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said situation in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir is a travesty of international law, justice and humanity. She said the plight and profound suffering of the Kashmiri people should shake the world conscience and urge the international community into action. The Pakistani envoy said that while the focus of the United Nations today is on prevention and sustaining peace, conflict resolution however, holds the key to addressing both the existing and emerging international challenges.
Analyst Live on Phone:
Maj (Retd) Tahir Iqbal (Leader, PML-N)
There is no doubt that Kashmir is main cause of Indo-Pak tensions in the region. Kashmiris should be given their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions. Indian forces are using pellet guns against innocent Kashmiris which is violation of international laws. Pakistan will continue its moral and diplomatic support to Kashmir people and is effectively highlighting Kashmir dispute on all international forums. The super powers in the world need to play role to resolve this issue as it may also lead to a nuclear war as both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers.