Reforms in FATA integral part of NAP: PM

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Reforms in FATA integral part of NAP: PM

ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were significant for the development of locals and were an integral part of the National Action Plan (NAP).

Chairing a meeting of FATA Reforms Committee here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said reforms in FATA were also aimed at bringing the long-neglected areas of the country into the mainstream.

“The future of FATA will be decided according to the aspirations and wishes of the people of those areas. The people of FATA have abundantly contributed to our national cause by rendering matchless sacrifices in the time of war and peace,” the Prime Minister said.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who is also head of the committee, said the members had visited all tribal agencies.

He said the members held meeting with the elected representatives of those areas including businessmen, tribal elders (Maliks), educated youth, religious leaders and members of the civil society to ascertain their point of view before finalizing recommendations for the future of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The Committee also held meetings with the notables of all Frontier Regions and other stakeholders.

It was agreed to place the recommendations of the committee before larger NAP meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, National Security Advisor Lt Gen ® Nasser Khan Janjua, DG ISI Lt General Rizwan Akhtar, Secterary to PM Fawad Hassan Fawad and Muhammad Shahzad Arbab.