Committee on NAP, FATA reforms present recommendations to PM

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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting with high-level political and military representatives to consider recommendations of committees formed on National Action Plan and FATA reforms, reported Tuesday.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, National Security Advisor Lt General (r) Nasser Janjua, Mr Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law, Mr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor KPK among others participated in the conference.

The committee formed to file recommendations on reforms to be brought in Federally Administered Tribal Areas proposed to annex agencies working in tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Holding of local body elections and elimination of Frontier Crimes Regulation were also made part of the recommendations.

Head of the committee, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz told the premier that members of the committee visited tribal areas and met with different elected representatives including businessmen, clerics and youth.

The committee also held meetings with the notables of all Frontier Regions and other stakeholders, Aziz said.

While addressing the participants, PM Nawaz said that FATA reforms were an integral part of the National Action Plan. He said that the future of FATA would be decided in accordance with the aspirations of the locals there.

Besides presenting recommendations for Prime Minister’s approval, the meeting also reviewed security situation in Karachi.

However, the participants agreed to present recommendations to a bigger NAP committee on Wednesday after the premier called a session tomorrow.

Earlier also the premier chaired a couple of meetings to review NAP progress. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had also attended the meetings.

In a statement given yesterday, PM Nawaz said that terrorism was taking last breaths in the country due to effective policies of the government and comprehensive military action.

On the other hand, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah stated that a combing operation was underway in Punjab for the past two years.

National Action Plan was a coordinated step of the political and military leadership to weed out extremism. A lengthy plan was chalked out after Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar in December 2014, the deadliest education institute attack in country’s history claiming lives of over 120 students among total casualties 140.

Seminaries were called to be registered while teachers and students were demanded to get their credential noted down among many such reforms.

2016-08-23

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