Pakistan

FATA’s mainstreaming to be completed during NA’s term: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the process of mainstreaming FATA will be completed by the end of the current term of the National Assembly.
Speaking in the National Assembly this evening (Wednesday), he said consultations will be made with representatives of the parliamentary parties to this effect.
Giving details of some decisions for the objective, the Prime Minister said Agency Development Fund has been abolished from today (Wednesday).
He said local bodies elections in FATA will be held by October this year.
Similarly, he said timeframe for elections of provincial and National Assembly seats will be decided after consultation with all political parties.
The Prime Minister said the government is committed to provide one thousand billion rupees in ten years as envisaged in the FATA reforms report in addition to the funds being provided to the tribal areas.
He said the government will take every step for equalization of FATA with other parts of the country.