ISLAMABAD: The Committee on FATA Reforms, 2016 has recommended that the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) should be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as creation of new province is difficult.
This was stated by Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz after he tabled the report of the committee’s report in the National Assembly.
Explaining the salient features of the report, Sartaj Aziz said comprehensive proposals have been prepared by the committee formed by the Prime Minister to address the problems of FATA residents.
He said report was prepared after holding detailed consultations with all the stakeholders including elected representatives of FATA, traders, journalists and civil society members of the area.
The Adviser said the committee recommended that FATA should be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as creation of new province is difficult. However, he said the process will take time.
On the other hand, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that TDPs will be fully rehabilitated within first five years and in the second phase mega development projects will be implemented in the area.
He said that local bodies’ elections have been proposed to be held in FATA next year.