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Call for swift implementation of Fata reforms.

PESHAWAR -- Takra Qabaili Khwendi (TQK), a civil society organisation, has urged the government to ensure early implementation of Fata reforms to facilitate the people of the merged tribal districts and give proper representation to tribal women in policy making bodies.

Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday, TQK chief Naheed Afridi asked the government for early implementation of the reforms as the people were still waiting for solution to their longstanding issues.

She said that the previous federal government had announced Rs100 billion package for development of the tribal districts and holding of local government elections till end of the current year, but the relevant authorities did not seem serious to fulfil needs of the people.

Members of TQK steering committee, including Safia Bibi, Farooq Bangash and Yousuf Danish, said that the government should take immediate steps for holding local government elections in tribal districts. They suggested that the tribal districts should be given at least 40 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly so that the people could effectively raise their issues.

They also asked for women's representation in the taskforce meant for implementation of the reforms regarding development of tribal districts. They called for accommodating women in the council of elders to share their views for rights of women.

Mr Danish said that the tribal people were facing hardships due to unavailability of proper health, education and communication facilities.

He said that the government had so far just changed names of the offices of political agents to deputy commissioners.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 30, 2018
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