‘Change has started in FATA’


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar on Thursday said change in FATA has started and the process will continue without impediments. Talking to a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) FATA delegation at Governor’s House, Kausar said, “The implementation of FCR reforms is being monitored and action will be taken against political officials who fail to implement it.” The delegation, headed by MNA Akhunzada Chatan and PPP FATA Chairman Malik Waris Khan, expressed reservations over the implementation process and slow pace of development despite the allocation of a huge resources for the task. They complained the political administration was non-cooperative behavior about streamlining political activities in some tribal areas.
In response, Kausar said the government had introduced FATA reform to give relief to the tribal population against the inhumane FCR and would ensure that the people get the relief. He added that the Political Parties Order had been extended to FATA to promote a democratic culture in FATA. He promised to set up a high-level committee comprising elected representatives and political figures to oversee the FATA reforms implementation process.
South Waziristan Agency MNA Maulana Abdul Malik also called on Kausar. Meanwhile, talking to a Muttahida Qabael Party delegation under chairman Malik Habib Orakzai, Kausar reiterated the commitment to promoting the political process in tribal areas.
New Peshawar corps commander calls on KP governor: Newly-appointed Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Khalid Rabbani had a courtesy call on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar at the Governor’s House on Thursday. He remained with the governor for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest. Presiding over a ceremony of affiliation of Kohat Institute of Medical Sciences to Khyber Medical University at Governor’s House earlier, Barrister Masood Kausar said improvement in quality of education was the best way to improve the living standard of the people.