PR No. 242 Islamabad

On the directions of the Prime Minister, Special Advisor to PM on foreign affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz has met Speaker National Assembly Mr. Ayaz Saddiq and Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah in order to further the process of FATA reforms, and accordingly, the Speaker has set date of September 2nd to initiate the debate on the floor of National Assembly for the future of FATA.


Furthermore, in pursuance of the PM’s guidelines, Ministry of SAFRON has already created an open-ended website to cater a nationwide feedback on the proposed recommendations of FATA Reforms Committee for the PM. In addition, the reports of the FATA reforms Committee have also been sent to all Federal Ministers, Chiefs Ministers, JCSC, Army Chief, Naval Chief, All Army Corps Commanders, DG FIA, IB etc.


The Prime Minister has further directed the committee to hold meetings with KPK government and FATA parliamentarians next week. A comprehensive feedback from the nationwide experts on FATA must also be furnished, he instructed.


Prime Minister has said that FATA reforms are essential to national progress and we shall now put an end to the endemic poverty and years of neglect in the FATA. The PM said that the region had been facing Pakistan’s highest rate of endemic poverty and lowest development indicators, with its people facing huge deficit of human rights. He said that it is time that we bring FATA into political and economic mainstream at par with the rest of the country.