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Political Parties Stress Democratic Reforms Key for Resolving FATA Problems.

ISLAMABAD, 02 April , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Representatives of seven major political parties agreed that reforms to democratize FATA are key to resolving problems in the troubled tribal areas. At a roundtable for political parties organized by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDIIA or NDI) is an organization created by the United States government by way of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to channel grants for furthering democracy in developing nations.  (NDI NDI National Death Index, see there ) in Islamabad, representatives from Pakistan Peoples Party The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) (Urdu: پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی ) is a mainstream centre-left political party in Pakistan. It is led by chairperson Benazir Bhutto.  (PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) The most popular method for transporting IP packets over a serial link between the user and the ISP. Developed in 1994 by the IETF and superseding the SLIP protocol, PPP establishes the session between the user's computer and the ISP using ), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party The Awami National Party (ANP, Awami meaning People) is a leftist political party in Pakistan. The Party is mostly famous among the Pashtuns of Pakistan in NWFP, Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Western Punjab, Northern Areas.  (ANP ANP atrial natriuretic peptide.

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  • Pakistan Muslim League (F), the Functional Muslim League or Pagara group.
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 of various political reforms but unanimously shared the view that there is an urgent need to democratize FATA to ensure that tribal people enjoy the same human and political rights as the rest of the country. Spokesperson for the President of Pakistan The President of Pakistan (Urdū: صدر مملکت Sadr-e-Mamlikat) is Head of State of Pakistan. Pakistan has a semi-presidential system of government.  and the PPP, Farhatullah Babar, revealed that the government is poised to announce reforms that would remove the harsh provisions of the Frontier Crimes Regulation. While acknowledging that some would like to see the FCR FCR

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 abolished altogether, he warned that abolition would create a dangerous void and that reforms are the first step for a smooth transition to the provision of full rights. The Spokesperson added that the government is also considering extending the Political Parties Act to FATA which was unanimously supported by the parties at the roundtable. Regarding the constitutional status of FATA, the Spokesperson was of the opinion that the people of FATA should be given a choice whether to join NWFP or remain a separate entity and that any decision on status should only be made after consultation with all the stakeholders. In an appeal to the parties for consensus on reforms he asserted that no party can single-handedly deal with the problems in the region. ANP Vice President for FATA and President of the Peshawar High Court The Peshawar High Court is the highest judicial institution of the North-West Frontier Province. It is situated at the provincial capital Peshawar. External links
  • Official Website of Peshawar High Court
 Bar Association Abdul Latif Afridi, while briefing the participants about his partys FATA policy, said that they are opposed to the idea of a referendum on constitutional status due to the bad experience of past such endeavours, Instead, he said, ANP wants to convert FATA into a Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) which would give the people of FATA representation in the provincial assembly. He also mentioned that ANP has provided their input on amendments to the FCR and now the ball is in the governments court to make a decision. Commenting on the present administration in FATA he underscored the rampant corruption and called for an immediate change. Professor Mohammed Ibrahim Khan from JI insisted the FCR be annulled. He further said that peace cannot be restored in FATA until there is peace in Afghanistan and to that end, he argued, negotiation must take place with the Taliban. Taking a different view, the President of the National Party, Senator Dr. Abdul Malik, charged that FATA has been converted into a nursery of Jihadis with the idea of making Afghanistan the fifth province of Pakistan. Condemning such action he declared that NP believes that Talibanisation should be stopped and FATA should be made part of NWFP. Senator Abdul Rahim Mandokhail of PKMAP said there is no need to change the status of FATA. He stressed that the Jirga System needs to be strengthened and empowered through democratic means and that any changes to FCR should be in accordance with the culture of FATA. Ms. Nuzhat Sadiq of PML-N and Mr. Malik Zahir Shah Afridi of PML-Q stressed the need for economic uplift of FATA as a means to achieve peace and stability. They also highlighted the lack of education, health facilities and economic empowerment of FATA people. The roundtable began with a presentation by Dr. Syed Kamal, President of the Shaheed Noun 1. shaheed - Arabic term for holy martyrs; applied by Palestinians to suicide bombers
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 Bhutto Foundation, on recommendations developed by over 300 tribal residents at a series of roundtable discussions held in recent months. The recommendations called for the mainstreaming of FATA with the rest of the country through a series of reforms that would bring more democratic, representative government, a fair judicial system, transparent and accountable decision-making on development initiatives and an end to administrative corruption. NDI Country Director Sheila Fruman in her remarks said that the problems in FATA are well known and it is up to political parties to offer citizens a clear choice on how to resolve them taking into account the wishes of tribal residents who are calling for democratic political reforms that would give them equal human and political rights through the same system of democratic governance as the rest of the federation.

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