Around Rs 24.5 billion were announced in budget for Fata
's development and TDPs' rehabilitation and Rs100 billion were approved for a ten-year FATA
Development Plan (FDP) besides Rs10 billion for financial year 2018-19 and earmarking of Rs90billiofn for TDPs that would help bring hitherto tribal areas at par of developed parts of KP.
Later, presiding over a meeting of FATA
Annual Development Programm-2017-18 at Governor's House, Peshawar, the Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra directed officials of the FATA
Secretariat to ensure the transparency and quality in ongoing development schemes and construction works.
It was imperative to mainstream FATA
and implement the uniform legal and administrative system to provide in time justice to the people of FATA
The ANP chief said the people of Fata
had suffered in the last 70 years and that the time had come to begin the region's development and reconstruction on war footing.
Last week, the National Security Committee meeting held with PM Abbasi in the chair, endorsed the merger of Fata
It is worth mentioning here that FATA
is without polio case for the last 19 months.
He said that it is necessary to bring the people of FATA
into mainstream that the process of development should be promoted there.
More than 500 tribal elders had held a grand jirga on December 14 and rejected the possible merger of FATA
. The tribal elders were of the opinion that FATA
should be given the status of a separate province.
If the incumbent federal government can't implement relatively simple and mostly agreed upon findings of its own Fata
Reforms Committee, who will make sure that the results of referendum are translated into concrete actions, like the constitutional amendment and share in National Finance Commission award?
While referring to economic challenges, he said, over 80pc people in Fata
were living below the poverty line and there is huge gap between rich and poor besides economic imbalances and unemployment that needed to be addressed.
The meeting was attended by Opposition Leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sahibzada Tariqullah, Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Sherpao, FATA
MNA G.G Jamal and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker Shireen Mazari.
Mr Imran said there were only 40 Pakistani laws, which were extended to Fata
, and that merging Fata
with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not an easy task but it was necessary and therefore, the PTI's first decision would be the Fata-KP merger after forming the next federal government.
The combined electricity dues outstanding against former Fata
amount to Rs22 billion, said the officials in a briefing to the Senate's Standing Committee for Planning and Development on performance of the Fata
was merged into KP but no new system was introduced which has multiplied problems of the residents, said Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi while talking in the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf leader Naeem ul Haq has said that PTI government was committed to establishing peace in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA
) and uplift of the people.