FATA reforms to be implemented soon: President

President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that political reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) announced on August 14, 2009 would soon be implemented to bring the tribal people into mainstream of national life.

The President made this announcement during his meeting with FATA parliamentarians here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday, which was also attended by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Syed Masood Kauser.

The delegation of FATA Parliamentarians included Senators Rashid Ahmed Khan, Abdul Raziq Afridi, Haji Khan Afridi, Abbas Khan Afridi, Abdur Rasheed, Maulana M. Saleh Shah Qureshi, Mohammad Idrees Khan Safi, and MNAs Munir Khan Orakzai, Malik Bilal Rehman, Sajid Hussain Turi, Jawad Hussain, Mohammad Kamran Khan, Syed Akhonzada Chitan, Muhammad Noor ul Haq Qadri, Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, Zafar Beg Bhattani and Maulana Abdul Malik Wazir.

Briefing the journalists about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that matters relating to current situation, development of FATA, BISP initiatives in tribal belt, war against militancy, FATA reforms, drone attacks and other issues of concerns were discussed during the meeting.

The President said that FATA reforms would soon be implemented and directed the Governor KPK for early implementation of the reforms in consultation with FATA parliamentarians.

The President directed the Governor KPK to have meetings with representatives of each agency to sort out the issue peculiar to that agency.

The President said that during all his meetings with the US authorities he has stressed upon the US government for transferring the drone technology to Pakistan for its use by the Pakistani forces.

The government has clear stance that drone attacks by the US forces are counter productive and also furthering anti American sentiments in Pakistan, particularly the people of tribal areas, he added.