FATA Reforms

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Promises

We will ensure equal rights and respect for the residents of tribal areas by consolidating FATA’s merger with KP and allocating special development funds for this purpose.

We will hold local body elections in 2018 to empower people right down to the village council level.

We will launch a Mega Development Plan by allocating 3% of federal divisible pool on annual basis by fully associating the people in formulation and execution of the plan.

We will ensure job creation in the tribal areas, especially with investments to harness natural resources of the region.

Progress

6 September 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan  approved the constitution of a Task Force for identification of impediments & facilitation of Merger of former FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

12 October 2018

PM Imran Khan said the government is striving hard to place an effective local governance system in FATA through which the people will be provided facilities like other parts of the country.

17 October 2018

The KP government has created four new sectors in seven newly merged tribal districts of FATA. The sectors are research and development, rural development, urban development and culture, tourism and archeology are combined in one sector. The funds for these sectors in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the year 2018-19 have also been allocated. The education and communications sectors have been allocated Rs4.8 billion, Rs319 million for construction of small dam in South Waziristan and Rs612 million has been allocated for culture, tourism, archeology, sports and youth affairs. In addition to ADP, the federal government has made commitment to release funds for five projects, which include Rs10 billion under Fata 10-year Plan.

7 November 2018

The federal government released Rs4.80 billion to finance the ongoing projects in tribal areas as first installment under Annual Development Programme. The federal government has allocated Rs100 billion every year for development of the tribal areas under Fata Reforms package. Rs24 billion has been allocated for the development projects in erstwhile Fata of which Rs3.60 billion would be released to Fata Development Authority while the remaining amount will spent on uplift schemes in tribal districts.

23 January 2019

The All Fata Khasadar Force Committee’s wish to be merged with the KP police force has finally been fulfilled. The decision was made during an apex committee meeting presided over by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and KP Governor Shah Farman.

30 January 2019

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet held its meeting in Landi Kotal, district of FATA and announced to continue the tax exemption for the region. The cabinet also approved an annual development programme for the newly merged districts into the province. It also approved to constitute municipal corporations in sub-districts of the former Fata region. It was decided that the KP government will spend Rs20 billion on the districts of the former Fata. Rs2bn loans will be provided to the youth of former Fata.

4 February 2019

PM Imran Khan launched an initiative of providing a health insurance cards to the deserving families of the federal capital and whole of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The Sehat Insaf Card would support the medical treatment of up to Rs 720,000 per family. The initiative proved a success in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where around 69 percent of the poor families were provided the cards.

7 February 2019

The Senate Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training decided to increase in the number of medical scholarships for students belonging to the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Balochistan. The Committee directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to write a letter to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) demanding an increase in the number of medical scholarships.

9 February 2019

About 25 police stations will be set up initially in former FATA areas to start formal policing in two weeks. The Home Department and the KP Police have ordered to set up one police station in every sub-division of the tribal districts and former Frontier Regions.

1 March 2019

The KP government has extended land laws to erstwhile FATA districts. The revenue powers have also been extended  to all administrative officials in merged tribal districts. This will enable administrative officers to collect land revenue and tribesmen to challenge their land disputes in courts.

10 March 2019

The civil courts in Former FATA has become functional. Thousands of pending cases have been shifted to the new setup. 28 judicial officers, seven district and sessions judges, seven senior civil judges and 14 additional sessions and districts judges have been posted to seven merged tribal districts. Public prosecutors have also been appointed on immediate basis.

19 March 2019

The federal government is all set to initiate a three-week consultative process to discuss with residents of former FATA, a 10-year plan under which Rs100 billion will be spent on development of tribal districts every year. PM Imran Khan has said that the consultative process would be initiated from Bajaur. According to Iftikhar Durrani, special assistant to the prime minister on media, police stations are being built, jobs being given to locals in police, buildings for schools are under construction and hospitals are being established in rented buildings in Fata.

28 March 2019

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra has said that the provincial government has devised a 10-year socio-economic sustainable development plan for the uplift of newly merged tribal districts of the erstwhile Fata to raise the human development indicators and bring it at level with the rest of the country. He said that the locals would be included in the development process. Through the FATA Transition and Recovery Programme UNDP is supporting government efforts to implement the Sustainable Returns and Rehabilitation Strategy (SRRS) by investing in the rehabilitation of basic infrastructure, education, skills development, livelihoods creation and institution building.