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Zcomms Daily Brief Tuesday, November 22, 2016

KP-FATA merger before general election 2018

 Islamabad: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz informed the National Assembly that he was optimistic that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) people will elect their representatives to the provincial assembly in the next general elections. “I am optimistic that Fata people will elect their representatives to the provincial assembly in 2018 general elections, otherwise, it will be too late,” Aziz said while winding up a debate on a report of the Fata reforms committee. The Nation  

 However, he said “If Fata did not get representation in the provincial assembly in the next elections, the matter might delay for another five years till the 2023 general elections.

 The Advisor said, the members have more or less agreed to merger of tribal agencies into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province but there is the issue of time span, or limit of transition period. For the purpose, he proposed to enhance present allocations for FATA from Rs 20 billion to three percent of divisible pool that makes Rs 90 billion. “With this allocation, uplift work can be continued till the merger is made.”        The Times of Islamabad   

 Sartaj Aziz on Monday claimed that FATA Reform would be present to cabinet for approval once the parliamentarians completed a draft after consultation with the stakeholder for the second time.            Daily Times 

 Campaign to be launched for KP-FATA merger

 Peshawar: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) FATA Youth President Shah Jehan Afridi has announced launching camping for FATA’ merger into KP and first Jirga will be held in Peshawar on December 4 in this regard. Rejecting the FCR, he demanded that FATA should be merged with KP before the general election 2018. Daily Aaj   

 Parliamentarians regretted delay in KP- FATA merger

 Islamabad: Member National Assembly Shahabuddin has said reforms should expeditiously be approved for the betterment of the people of tribal areas. He regretted that some people for their personal gains opposed the FATA reforms. He demanded the government to make arrangements for earlier holding local bodies’ election in tribal areas. JI Legislator Sahibzada Tariqullah said FATA should be merged into a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa before the general elections of 2018. He said status of Provincially Administered Tribal Areas should also be made clear after FATA’s merger into KP. Muhammad Jamaluddin said FATA should be given provincial status instead of merging it into KP. Shah Jee Gul Afridi said tribal areas merger into Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would certainly bring progress, development prosperity to the area.   Daily Times

 The news was also carried by “Daily Mashriq”.

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