Pak Army chief General Qamar Bajwa has reiterated that mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) is essential for long-lasting peace in the region.
“Our focus now is to transform our operational achievements in FATA into enduring peace and stability for which early mainstreaming of FATA through reforms is essential,” the army chief was quoted as saying by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday. “Pakistan Army fully supports all efforts towards that end.”
The COAS visited Peshawar Corps Headquarters, where he was given a detailed briefing on situation along the Pak-Afghan border, continuing and future operations, progress on development works and return of TDPs.
The federal Cabinet had approved in March the recommendations of the Fata reforms committee which, besides other things, envisages merger of Fata with adjoining Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over the next five years.
The Cabinet also decided to repeal the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), the most controversial set of laws introduced by the colonial power in 1901, and replace it with the Rewaj Regulation for Tribal Areas through an act of Parliament.