On Thursday, the federal cabinet gave its approval of recommendations put forward by the FATA reforms committee. The committee recommended the merger of FATA with KP and repeal of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).
PM Nawaz Sharif was chairing the cabinet and he said that the people of FATA, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan will be given their due rights.
PM house maid a statement, “The cabinet accords in principle approval to the recommendations of the Fata reforms committee.” The meeting was also attended by the KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.
On this occasion, Pm Nawaz Sharif has emphasized on the need to focus on the advancement of under-developed regions to improve their living standards.
The cabinet was told that the process of mainstreaming Fata will take five years.
After the meeting, adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and committee’s chairman told media persons that essential amendments will be made in the constitution to allow the people of Fata elect their representatives to KP assembly for the general elections taking place in 2018.
He also added that FCR will be repealed and replaced with the new Rawaj system according to the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations also suggest devising a schedule for the repatriation of all TDPs by 20th April this year and the reconstruction in the regions will be completed by 2018.
The much-awaited FATA reforms package has been delayed two times i.e. February 7, 2017 and December 16, 2016 by the federal cabinet. However, now it’s ready for implementation.