FATA reforms in consultation with tribesmen: President

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said that reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) would be introduced in consultation with the
tribal people and in accordance with the Shariah and local customs after complete rehabilitation of the displaced persons.
The President was talking to a delegation of FATA elders who met him at the Aiwan-e-Sadar.
The President told them that the process of introducing legal reforms in FATA would be undertaken after thorough consultation with the people of the area.
He said that terrorists’ backbone had been broken and lauded the immense sacrifices rendered by the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies (LAEs) and the people of FATA in
elimination of terrorism.
He said that the government was endeavouring to solve the problems of displaced persons of FATA and restore complete normalcy there.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbassi and Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt.General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch were also present during
the meeting, said a press release.
The President said that soon educational and commercial centers would be established in FATA in order to bring the region at par with the other areas of the country.
On the occasion, the President also announced a grant of Rs1 million for the tribal Jirga.
President Mamnoon said that with the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a new era of prosperity would usher in the country.
The President welcomed the consensus achieved in All Parties Conference convened by the Prime Minister regarding the Economic Corridor project and removal of
misunderstandings.
“People should support the government for completion of the Economic Corridor which is the most important development of the century”, he added.
The President expressed his optimism that the Quadrilateral Contact Group meetings would yield positive results to bring peace in Afghanistan and the region.
Similarly, Pakistan was also playing a pro-active role for unity and harmony amongst the Muslim countries, the President added.
He hoped that Pakistan’s efforts for peace and unity amongst Muslim Ummah would come to fruition.