PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday said that new laws and the governance system to be enforced in the merged areas of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be made compatible with the existing tribal traditions.
Addressing 40-member Jirga delegation of the District Khyber here at Governor House, the prime minister paid gratitude to them for maintaining peace in their areas during the transition period when there were no laws enforced for almost a year since the announcement of the merger.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were also present.
He said this showed that the old tribal system was peace-loving as even before 9/11, the tribal areas had minimal crime rate and people were also getting easy justice through an indigenous governance system.
He told the gathering that the new system would almost be compatible with the old one and the government would try to ensure its minimum impact on the local tribal traditions and culture.
The prime minister, who arrived here on a brief visit, said the government had learned lesson from the experience of Dir and Swat when the crime rate had swollen dramatically after the merger of two areas. This had happened because the people of those areas had no understanding of the laws enforced in settled areas.
He said the government would enforce alternate dispute resolution mechanism in the merged areas too that had also been experimented in KP during last five years.
Even, he said the new local government system was also similar to governance system in tribal areas. Under the system village councils would be formed and the villages would get direct funding and be empowered to make their own decisions regarding development. Similar system would also be introduced in Punjab province, he added.
The prime minister said though the merger of tribal areas was not an easy task, however, the government would ensure the resolution of their problems with the consultation of tribal elders through an exclusive committee.
He said the parliament had increased the number of seats for merged tribal areas before the upcoming elections and in future they would get full representation in both National and provincial assemblies.
The prime minister recalled that in the past their was none to raise voice for the tribal people when they had been facing terrorism, displacement during the military operation and drone attacks. However, after the merger with KP, this would not happen again, he assured.
“Call APC or take to streets, you won’t get NRO”, PM Khan to opposition
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing a meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s parliamentary party here today, has said that no one would get National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
“Opposition parties won’t get NRO whether they arrange All Parties Conference (APC) or run any movement,” he said, adding that no one has directly approached for reconciliation formula.
Khan further directed all the members to ensure their presence for budget approval session.
Meanwhile, the members discussed strategy for the approval of budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. They also deliberated on handling the anti-government movement launched by opposition parties.
Khan had also approved to establish a Steering Committee, which will be headed by Advisor on Establishment Shahzad Arbab and Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood. Secretary Commerce, Chairman FBR, Chairman SECP, Chairman Board of Investment, President FPCCI, Presidents of Chambers of Commerce of Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad as well as representatives of Pakistan Business Council will be part of the committee.
PTI govt steering economy towards stability: Farrukh Habib
ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Railways and Member National Assembly of Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) Farrukh Habib Saturday said his government was steering the economy towards stability and through budgetary measures would protect vulnerable segments of society and give loans to unemployed youth.
Taking part in the budget debate, he said the incumbent government allocated Rs 47 billion for the sector of education.
He said there was a time in Pakistan when dams were built and Pakistan International Airlines helped create other international airlines.
Pakistan had deposits of copper and coal and had huge potential to promote tourism, he observed.
He said the former rulers bought flats in foreign countries, laundered money and built factories.
Farrukh said before Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf formed government, the foreign exchange reserves had dropped from US $ 18 to US $ 9 billion.
He said a former prime minister paid tax of Rs 5000 in a year. The last government increased sales tax from 16 percent to 17 percent, he added.
The Parliamentary Secretary criticized the opposition for saying that it would not let the government pass the budget.
He said the PMLN government increased the budget of Prime Minister House to Rs 1.17 billion while PTI government cut the budget to Rs 750 million.
Imran Khan was determined to put the economy on the right track and break the begging bowl, he said adding, Special Economic Zone would be set up in Faisalabad, which was exporting goods worth six billion dollar.
He said new projects would be initiated in Faisalabad for protection of environment and provision of drinking water.
The previous government damaged the textile sector while PTI brought uniformity in the gas rates for industries in the provinces to boost the textile sector, he said adding, exporters should be refunded taxes paid by them.
Red carpet welcome for Emir of Qatar as he arrives in Pakistan
RAWALPINDI: Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani reached Pakistan today on a two-day visit.
The Emir’s jet landed on the Nur Khan Airbase Chaklala, Rawalpindi in the evening.
Qatari Emir is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising key ministers and senior officials.
According to the Foreign Office, the visiting dignitary will hold talks with PM Imran and will also have a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi.
The two sides will discuss ways and means of building a robust and mutually beneficial economic partnership.
During the visit, Pakistan and Qatar will sign several MoUs to enhance bilateral cooperation in different areas.
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