Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Friday said Rewaj Act to replace colonial era black law Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) has been set up which would be represented in the National Assembly before its enforcement.

Speaking in the House after Laying the report of the committee on FATA Reforms, 2016 in the National Assembly, he said it was an important issue which needed to be considered in this grand house.

Sartaj Aziz said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa government has also been taken board and the Prime Minister has also decided to make the report public.

He stated the Prime Minister had made up the committee in November in November last year, which involved eight months to deliberate on it.

He stated the committee travelled to all the seven agencies of FATA and met cross sections of the society, including FATA elders, representatives and civil society members.

The Advisor said the committee presented four options for reforms before them, which include; maintain Status Quo, but introduce judicial/administrative reforms and increase focus on growth activities; create FATA Council on the pattern of Gilgit Baltistan, create a separate Province of FATA and Integrate FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

He said majority of opinions were in favour of merging FATA with KPK. However, he said it would need some time.

Sartaj said local government election would be held besides setting up benches of the High Court and Supreme Court in FATA.