K-P releases Rs100M funds for ex-Fata

Provincial govt also constitutes committee to oversee merger

Mureeb Mohmand November 29, 2018
Tribal areas. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has released a sum of Rs100 million as a bridge loan to defray expenditure of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) as compensation for the agency development fund (ADF).

The ADF was abolished when the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill came into effect earlier this year. The amendment proposed the merger of tribal areas with K-P.

The bill titled, 31st Amendment Act, 2018, had sought six amendments in different articles of the Constitution that include Article 1; 51; 59; 62; 106; 155 and 246. Under the new amendment, the name of Fata as a separate entity from the country’s four existing provinces was removed. The law also abolished Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and extended the Constitution, judicial and policing system to ex-Fata.

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The amount shall be returned by the merged district secretariat in a lump sum on the receipt of the authentication of ADF from the federal government, the notification added.

According to the notification, Bajaur will receive a total of Rs10 million, Mohmand will get Rs18 million while Rs5million will be given to Khyber, Rs17million to Orakzai, Rs20million to Kurram and Rs15million each to North and South Waziristan.

The provincial government also constituted a Peace and Reforms Committee to oversee the merger. The committee comprises Senior Minister Muhammad Atif Khan, Law Minister Sultan Muhammad Khan, Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and others.

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It is tasked to propose reforms, set a strategic direction at the policy level to smoothen the merger, liaise with the federal government, review PSDP and ADP projects and local government initiatives amongst others.

It is pertinent to note that there is no law governing ex-Fata at the moment as Peshawar High Court (PHC) suspended interim regulations earlier this month.

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