03 March 2017 Current Affairs: The Pakistan Government on 2 March 2017 approved the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The step was taken to bring the impoverished and politically deprived tribal region at par with the rest of the country.
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, presided a meeting of the federal cabinet, which approved in principle the recommendations of the FATA Reforms Committee. The Committee includes the merger of the tribal areas with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and repeal of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).
The recommendation to merge Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the FATA was made by the six-member committee headed by Sartaj Aziz, PM's Adviser on Foreign Affairs.
The Government, in addition, also approved a 10-year reform package to bring the tribal region on a par with other developing areas of the country.
Highlights : The development package, worth more than Pakistani Rupees 110 billion, has been approved for the seven agencies of the tribal region.
Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court will be extended to FATA.
Introduction of Local Government system, education and jobs opportunities for youth and up-gradation of Levis Force are part of the 24-point FATA reforms. However, LG polls will be held after 2018 general elections.