ISLAMABAD, October 1 (APP): National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said on Friday that political inclusion of all stakeholders was imperative to address challenges faced by former residents of federally administered tribal areas (FATA).
During his meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman in Parliament, he said that it was the priority of the current government to ensure enhanced political participation and that without the inclusion of former FATA, development and progress in the region would not be sustainable, a press release said.
He also said that all stakeholders including representatives of ex-FATA, religious leaders and youth groups would be invited to the major seminar / Jirga on ex-FATA.
He said there was a need to garner political support to address the commitment by the federal government and other stakeholders to provide an additional 3% share of NFC for ex-FATA. He said the people of the area had suffered a lot and their sacrifices would not be lost.
Asad Qasier said that the participation and ownership of development in the merged districts by all stakeholders, including intellectuals, youth, politicians and ex-bureaucrats, would put these areas on par with the rest of the country. .
He also said the government has prioritized the challenges of providing health and education facilities and building infrastructure in the region. While mentioning the problems regarding electricity and gas as the basic installations, he said that the federal government, together with the KPK government, will take effective measures to resolve these problems.
Governor KPK Shah Farman appreciated NA President Asad Qaiser’s proposal to hold a national seminar to deliberate on resolving the challenges faced by the ex-FATA region.
He also decided to take all measures to equalize the old FATA with other regions of the country.