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Article 140 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic Pakistan directs for the constitution of Local Governments comprising of elected representatives of the people. In accordance with provision of the Constitution, Local Government law has been framed in all Provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory since long, however it has never been extended to FATA. Local Governments have worked in all provinces in particular brackets of time but due to absence of law, FATA has never endeavoured on this system. The present government has taken numerous initiatives for political empowerment of the people in FATA. In this regard major initiatives are; meaningful and far-reaching amendments in Frontier Crimes Regulation 1901, extension of Political Parties Order 2002 to FATA, setting up a FATA Tribunal with appellate jurisdiction and giving a proper structure and terms of reference to FATA Levies.
In continuation of its reforms agenda, the government has now decided to extend the Local Government System to FATA in a phased manner. In phase-1, the Municipal Committees represented by local populace in fourteen (14) urban hubs in seven agencies of FATA will be made functional. That will enable the tribesmen to address local problems and issues at the grass root level through their elected Municipal Committees, empowering them with regard to their immediate needs and ensuring their participation in decision making. Subsequent to that more urban areas may also be included in the Local Government System.
Development of appropriate Systems is one of the key components of the FATA Institutional Strengthening Project; thus, the FISP planned to support the FATA Secretariat and extended necessary assistance in preparation of Legal Framework and Model Financial Plan of the Local Government System in FATA. The draft regulation was prepared in consultation with stakeholders in FATA Secretariat and shared with FATA parliamentarians and media for comments. The consultative meeting with FATA legislators was also supported by the FISP.
Once approved by the President of Pakistan, the regulation will be notified by the Federal Government. The Governor would then extend the Regulation to urban hubs in a phased manner to ensure proper preparation and homework is carried out beforehand. Further support will also be required in drafting of procedures, rules, by laws for efficient working of the Municipal Committees to provide strong footing for the newly established Municipal Committees in FATA. FISP may continue to provide that support as well.
Communication support to the FATA Secretariat was also extended by the FISP communication team. A press release of the event was developed and shared with the news media through FATA Information Directorate, which has been published widely by leading national newspapers. (Press clippings attached as annexure-I) || Subscribe to our email newsletter at http://eepurl.com/qnf75