Government maps IDPs strategy and parties call for FATA mainstreaming

Government maps IDPs strategy and parties call for FATA mainstreaming

Political leaders call on government to make IDPs rehabilitation part of larger strategy to integrate FATA with Pakistan and provide fundamental rights.

In this file photo, internally displaced persons, fleeing Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, hold national flags during a ceremony to mark the Independence Day in Bannu on August 14, 2014.

PESHAWAR: A phase-wise repatriation plan for the internally…

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PPP Senator says balance of power shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi

PPP Senator says balance of power shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi

Islamabad August 18, 2014: Speaking on the adjournment motion Senator Farhatullah Babar said due to some recent events the balance of power had shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi and there was real and potent threat to democracy. This he said is a bad omen for democracy and democratic institutions and it is imperative that the government geared up to hold negotiations both with PTI and PAT to…

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राष्‍ट्रपति चुनाव : पीपीपी के उम्‍मीदवार ‘रजा रब्‍बानी’


इस्‍लामाबाद। पाकिस्‍तानी पीपल्‍स पार्टी की ओर से आगामी राष्‍ट्रपति चुनाव के लिए सीनेटर रजा…

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Bilawal meets Zardari in Dubai

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai on Tuesday.

“There are no differences between myself and my dad. I am focused on the party’s beliefs and objectives, and will work with him to reinvigorate the party and its message for an evolving Pakistan. I will be on the party’s political forefront when the time is correct,” PPP representative Senator Farhatullah Babar cited the youthful party chairman as saying after the meeting.

The spokesman said the meeting ought to subdue theories in a segment of the media about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari being sidelined.

FATA lawyers urge parties to amend Article 247

Fata Lawyers’ Forum Tuesday demanded all the political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to amend Article-247 of the Constitution and then pass it in shape of a Bill from Senate and National Assembly to give basic human rights to tribal people like assured to rest of the citizens.

While addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club, President Fata Lawyers Forum…

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Senate bill moved to extend courts jurisdiction to FATA

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday allowed two private members’ bills to be moved, including a bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court to the tribal areas for the enforcement of fundamental rights.

So far, under Clause 7 of Article 247 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court and High Courts are barred from exercising jurisdiction in the tribal areas. The Bill…

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Is Mamnoon Hussain apolitical or loyal? (Maqbool Malik)

Is Mamnoon Hussain apolitical or loyal? (Maqbool Malik)

The socio-economic betterment of the people of Fata and bringing them into mainstream of national life is among the top priorities of the President. The President firmly believes in engaging the people and supporting them in finding solutions to their problems.

President Mamnoon Hussain has not yet signed presidential orders for needed reforms in FATA

ISLAMABAD – Unlike his predecessors,…

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There are no two opinions that local government elections should be held in FATA and the driver of reforms must be the people themselves. Slamming the corrupt institution of the political agent, Minister said that even Jinnah had given assurance to the people of FATA that they would have a government of their choice. (SAFRON Minister Baloch)

ISLAMABAD: The clamour for holding local government elections in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is growing in a region where a governance system is non -existent at a local or provincial level.

A new research study by the FATA Research Centre (FRC) titled ‘Local Government in FATA, Past failures, Current challenges and Future prospects’ highlights the century old political vacuum in the region coupled with bad governance and corruption which has resulted in a gap between the state and society in this volatile tribal belt.

Download the new study: http://slideshare.net/fatanews/local-government-in-fata-failures-challenges-prospects-fata-research-centre-april-2014

The growing exclusion of people from the political process has created a sense of deprivation and frustration among the masses, the report says and this disconnect was the reason that Taliban were able to consolidate their position in FATA by cutting away at the existing political system and killing the tribal elders and maliks. Speakers at the launch of the report on Tuesday referred to FATA as a classic example of alienation and said the region was run by remote control in an administrative and political vacuum. The report reflects the wishes of the people and their desire for political participation.

Presenting the study, Sharafat Ali Choudhary said people have a Constitutional right to self government and there is a local government draft for the region in 2012. Legally, he said there is no bar on holding local bodies’ elections, especially when Parliamentary polls have been held several times. The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) is a draconian law which still operates there and power is wielded by the all powerful political agent even today. Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, the minister for States and Frontier Regions said there are no two opinions that local government elections should be held in FATA and he said the driver of reforms must be the people themselves. Slamming the corrupt institution of the political agent, he said even Jinnah had given assurance to the people of FATA that they would have a government of their choice.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said the FATA region which was a buffer zone earlier to press the strategic depth policy was now a strategic threat.

The report showed how FATA was governed differently from Pakistan with a special set of laws called the FCR, 1901, which was a top down authoritarian rule without accountability. The first draft for Local government regulation was prepared in 2002 and a controlled form of elections with limited participation was held in 2004. Another local government regulation draft was prepared in 2012 but this has to still be made into a law.

Spread over 27,220 sq km , and home to a dozen Pashtun tribes and scores of clans and sub tribes, this region is made up of seven administrative units called agencies and smaller Frontier Regions.

Adult franchise was introduced in FATA in 1996 but the right to representation did not give the right to legislate for the region.

Under Article 247 of the Constitution FATA comes under the executive authority of the President.

For the first time people in FATA voted in a general election in 1997.

The region has 12 seats in the National Assembly of the 342 and eight in the Senate.

The first ever political parties based elections in FATA were held in 2013 after the extension of the political parties order. FATA has 1,738,313 registered voters including 596,079 women and the turnout last year was 37 per cent. The election recorded a higher turnout than 2008 specially that of women, despite threats against voters from the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The report recommended a time frame for passing the local government law and for the elections, working for devolution of power at the local level, strengthening the jirga system, increased participation of women and involvement of political parties in elections.

Ayesha Gulalai, member of the National Assembly from FATA, said that while taxes were collected from the region there was no acknowledgement and FATA did not get a share from the National Finance Commission.  She further said that  we talk of democracy but FATA is a dictatorship. There is no accountability and the jurisdiction of the attorney general is not extended to the region.

The Political Parties Joint committee on FATA Reforms on Wednesday released an 11 point charter of demands which included a call for holding local bodies’ elections. Formed in 2010, the ten parties in this forum called for amending Article 247 to shift legislative powers from the President to the Parliament. Among the demands was separation of executive and judicial powers and strengthening of civil armed forces. It called for the extension of the jurisdiction of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority so that the media can have access to FATA.

Download the new study: http://slideshare.net/fatanews/local-government-in-fata-failures-challenges-prospects-fata-research-centre-april-2014

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/fata-demands-local-government-elections/article5940684.ece

FATA demands local government elections There are no two opinions that local government elections should be held in FATA and the driver of reforms must be the people themselves.
Senator Afrasiab Khattak demands rights for FATA

Senator Afrasiab Khattak demands rights for FATA

“It is unfortunate that the state has always treated FATA as a periphery and its people as its subjects not as citizens and never a piece of legislation was enacted for their betterment.” (Afrasiab Khattak)

ISLAMABAD: The government declared in the Senate on Monday that the issue of militancy will not be allowed to drag on for five years and, if necessary, decisive action will be taken against…

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ISLAMABAD: The FATA Research Centre (FRC) is going to launch a research publication entitled, “Local Government in FATA: Past Failures, Current Challenges and Future Prospects”, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Crystal Ballroom in the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad.

In addition to the presentation of the new report, the seminar and media briefing will include talks by Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch (SAFRON minister), Senator Farhatullah Babar (PPP), Ibrahim Shinwari (journalist) and Sharafat Ali Chaudhry (researcher). FRC director Dr. Ashraf Ali will also attend.

The report contains a summary of current recommendations for local government in FATA as well as a detailed look at the specific details of such a new system for the tribal areas. FRC conducted extensive research, interviews with stakeholders, and roundtable discussions with experts and political leaders from FATA in preparation for the report and seminar.

Seminar invitation

FRC cordially invites all the interested participants to join the event and would be extremely grateful if those interested could register no later than Monday, April 21, 2014  at 5:00pm. For registration please contact Ms. Rubab Zahra on 051-211-2853 during working hours or by writing at rubabzahra@frc.com.pk

FRC is a non-partisan and non-political research organization based in Islamabad. It is the first ever think tank of its kind that focuses on the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in its entirety. The organization was established with the mission to help the concerned stakeholders better understand this conflict-ridden area of Pakistan with independent research and analysis.

FATA local government report to be presented at seminar ISLAMABAD: The FATA Research Centre (FRC) is going to launch a research publication entitled, “Local Government in FATA: Past Failures, Current Challenges and Future Prospects”, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Crystal Ballroom in the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad.
Ajmal Wazir stresses implementation of further FATA reforms (video)

Ajmal Wazir stresses implementation of further FATA reforms (video)

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A program on FATA reforms and possibility of its implementation in the current scenario, was broadcast in a talk show of Capital TV “Bay Laag” hosted by Irfan Ijaz. The distinguished guests Senator Farhatullah Babar, Ajmal…

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Farhatullah Babar's speech in joint session on Yemen

“I appreciate that this parliamentary session was called and it was a good gesture for the PM to be here on both days,” says Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) representative Senator Farhatullah Babar.

“The situation in Yemen is a war between different tribes. Saudi Arabia was not attacked; it was Yemen,” he says.

“We should not repeat the mistakes we committed in the past; these issues were discussed…

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