PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Justice Retd. Dost Muhammad has said that the extension of the governance structure of the province to FATA, introduction of transparent governance there, the extension of laws and rules and regulations and above all the policy implementation mechanism for mainstreaming of FATA are some of the challenges that needed full-time attention.
The sooner the tribal get justice, the better it is in the interest of the whole country, he added. He was addressing a high-level meeting in the backdrop of FATA merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and formation of administrative units (consolidated divisions) at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.
Chief Secretary Azam Khan, Additional Chief Secretary FATA, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Health and others attended. Chief Secretary gave details about his meetings for implementation on the FATA reforms adding that a committee headed by Law Minister has been formed which would form the future strategy and prepare TORs.
The meeting focused on the Nizam-e-Adl, FC, tax collection and revenue etc and made a number of decisions. Dost Muhammad in the background of the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa agreed in principle to issue the administrative units viz consolidated divisions and added that the actual problem would be the resources.
As long as the federal government did not transfer resources, the reforms process would continue recording a slow pace. Caretaker Chief Minister said that the government had to make a number of decisions that included the new recruitments, the creation of different posts, the infrastructure development and above all the holding of local bodies elections in October 2018.
Dost Muhammad asked the relevant quarters to meet the tribal Mashraan and tell them the utility of laws and the harms in the absence of laws. The tribals are fully conscience to the unfolding situation and hopefully would cooperate. For durable peace, FATA needs census and land record that will guide the future development of FATA, he added.
Later, talking to the trading community Justice Dost Muhammad assured for realistic policies and steps to give relief to the trading community. The government would certainly give them incentives but the trading community would have to give a reciprocal response and act as a Momin in mitigating the problems of the poor.
Fawad for countering fake news spread
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday stressed the need for evolving a strategy to counter fake news being spread through media.
“We were facing problems regarding fake news having a negative impact on the country’s economy”, he stated. He said figure and facts of news coming from government’s sources should be authenticated or correct. He said that anybody could quote such piece of a news item for vested interest. There is a need to tackle that type of news, he stressed.
Commenting on Prime Minister’s cabinet meeting held today, he said the premier Imran Khan was happy over the performance of State Minister for Communication, Murad Saeed, adding that he [PM] was contemplating to give Mr. Murad Saeed a portfolio as a full minister.
He said that prime minister had asked the ministers about future plan of their respective ministries. He added that premier was more concerned about the performance of the ministries given to the concerned public representatives.
AC grants one-day transit remand of Shehbaz
LAHORE: An accountability court today granted a one-day transit remand of the opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif to attend the National Assembly session.
Prosecutor Waris Januja submitted a request on behalf of the jail superintendent for Shehbaz Sharif’s transit remand. The plea stated that Shehbaz Sharif had to be flown to Islamabad to help him attend the National Assembly session. Approving the request, the court granted one-day transit remand of the PML-N president.
Post Brexit Britain’s Heathrow to support EU workers!
LONDON: Britain’s Heathrow airport will set up a plan to financially support its European employees after Brexit, said John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer (CEO) of the airport.
According to a report by local Sky News, the airport was to set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds to help its European Union (EU) staff secure their “settled status” against likely changes.
Applications are available to an estimated 2,600 workers.
“As we leave the EU, ironically we now really need those international people working here,” Holland-Kaye said.
He said that these employees constitute “valued parts” of their team, and have played “a hugely important role for an international business” like theirs with their language services and cultural insights.
Noting the urgency to reassure its anxious non-British EU employees, the CEO said it is important “not just to protect our own team but to encourage other companies to do the same thing.”
Heathrow said it will guarantee 30-day payment terms through Brexit to relieve the stress on small and medium-sized companies in its supply chain.