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November 21, 2013
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Political Parties Present FATA Reforms Demands to SAFRON Minister (21 Nov 2013)

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The eleven political parties represented on the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms acknowledge that the people of FATA deserve the same rights, freedom, protection and economic opportunities as all Pakistanis. We also agree on the urgent need to move forward with additional reforms in FATA.

We believe that political, economic, social and administrative reforms in the tribal areas are necessary to obtain sustainable peace and development in FATA. Therefore and to continue with unified political party efforts initiated in 2010, we make the following urgent recommendations for reforms in the tribal areas:

1) Peace in FATA should be guaranteed.
2) Article 247 of the constitution should be amended.
3) Local bodies elections should be held.
4) A comprehensive package should be developed and infrastructure development initiated, with special focus on health, education and employment.
5) The future status of FATA should be decided by its people.
6) PEMRA media jurisdiction should be extended.
7) The Jirga system should be made more democratic and independent.
8) Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation should be abolished.
9) Executive and judicial powers should be separated.
10) Citizens should not be deprived of property; inheritance law should be extended.
11) Civil armed forces (khasadar/levies) should be strengthened and professionalized.


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  1. 1. NEWS RELEASE November 21, 2013 Contact: Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms fataparties@gmail.com POLITICAL PARTIES PRESENT FATA REFORMS DEMANDS TO SAFRON MINISTER ISLAMABAD: The Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms met on November 21 with Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch. The eleven political parties presented new consensus recommendations for further reforms in the tribal areas, while stressing the importance of guaranteeing peace in FATA. The consensus reforms were unanimously agreed upon following several all-parties conferences held between June and October and the 11 political parties on the FATA Committee reached the recommendations by consensus. The parties include ANP, JI, JUI-F, MQM, NP, PkMAP, PML, PML-N, PPP, PTI and QWP. Political parties are standing together to highlight the urgent importance of mainstreaming and legal reforms for tribal people while also emphasizing the right of FATA citizens to enjoy the same constitutional guarantees and rights as all Pakistanis. Among other recommendations, the participating political parties agree that local bodies elections must be held in FATA like in the rest of the country, and that a 21st amendment should be introduced to change Article 247 of the constitution to provide equal rights and shift legislative powers for FATA from the President of Pakistan to the parliament. Pointing to the importance of the recommendations, Lt. General (Retd.) Baloch expressed his appreciation of the efforts of the political parties FATA Committee. Speaking to party leaders, the SAFRON minister also indicated that he plans to share his views and meet with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, FATA senators and MNAs to give a final shape to the recommendations. The FATA Committee also plans to meet the President and the Prime Minister to discuss their 11-point reforms agenda. Focusing on legal and political reforms for the region, political parties are now prioritizing a constitutional amendment, local bodies elections and more development for FATA. Party leadership is also united regarding the extension of PEMRA media jurisdiction, a strengthened Jirga system, abolishing the Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation, and separation of executive and judicial powers in FATA. Regarding the reforms priorities agreed on by the political parties, FATA Committee member and Pakistan Muslim League (N) General Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rehmat Salam Khattak stated that “all stakeholders must be brought on board to ensure enactment and implementation of the reforms.” *Please see complete reforms recommendations and FATA Committee member list attached. FATA Committee News Release, November 21, 2013 1 of 4
  2. 2. Consolidated FATA Reforms Recommendations Political Parties United on New Reforms for FATA October 3, 2013 The eleven political parties represented on the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms acknowledge that the people of FATA deserve the same rights, freedom, protection and economic opportunities as all Pakistanis. We also agree on the urgent need to move forward with additional reforms in FATA. We believe that political, economic, social and administrative reforms in the tribal areas are necessary to obtain sustainable peace and development in FATA. Therefore and to continue with unified political party efforts initiated in 2010, we make the following urgent recommendations for reforms in the tribal areas: 1) Peace in FATA should be guaranteed. 2) Article 247 of the constitution should be amended. 3) Local bodies elections should be held. 4) A comprehensive package should be developed and infrastructure development initiated, with special focus on health, education and employment. 5) The future status of FATA should be decided by its people. 6) Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) jurisdiction should be extended. 7) The Jirga system should be made more democratic and independent. 8) Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation should be abolished. 9) Executive and judicial powers should be separated. 10) Citizens should not be deprived of property; inheritance law should be extended. 11) Civil armed forces (khasadar/levies) should be strengthened and professionalized. Email: fataparties@gmail.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/FATAparties Facebook: http://facebook.com/FATAparties FATA Committee News Release, November 21, 2013 2 of 4
  3. 3. Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms Member List Awami National Party (ANP) Latif Afridi, Vice President KP Bushra Gohar, Central Vice President Arbab Tahir, General Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan, Deputy General Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Mohammad Ibrahim, Professor and Provincial Ameer Sahibzada Haroon Rashid, Ameer FATA Zarnoor Afridi, Naib Ameer FATA Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman, Vice President KP Mohammad Jalal ud din, Advocate, Former Ambassador Abdul Jalil Jan, Information Secretary, KP Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Deputy General Secretary KP Abdul Rashid, General Secretary Bajaur Agency, FATA Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Syed Asif Hasnain, MNA Mohammad Rehan Hashmi, MNA National Party (NP) Dr. Malik Baloch, Chief Minister Balochistan Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenju, Vice President Mukhtar Bacha, Provincial President, KP Jan Muhammad Buledi, Central Information Secretary Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Abdul Rahim Mandokhel, MNA Akram Shah Khan, Secretary General Mukhtar Khan Yousafzai, Provincial President KP Raza Mohammad Raza, Information Secretary Arbab Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Generel Secretary KP Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Ajmal Khan Wazir, Central Senior Vice President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rehmat Salam Khattak, General Secretary KP Arsallah Khan Hoti Nasir Kamal Marwat, Vice President Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar Kiramat Ullah Chagharmati Rahim Dad Khan Syed Akhunzada Chattan Mirza M. Jihadi FATA Committee News Release, November 21, 2013 3 of 4
  4. 4. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Barrister Salman Afridi, Member CEC Ayesha Gulalai Wazir, MNA Iqbal Afridi, President Khyber Agency and Member CEC Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, General Secretary Sikandar Hayat Sherpao, MPA, President, KP Asad Afridi, President, FATA Email: fataparties@gmail.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/FATAparties Facebook: http://facebook.com/FATAparties ### FATA Committee News Release, November 21, 2013 4 of 4

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