ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2014: The tribal people demanded immediate extension of local governments system to tribal territories to mainstream the Federally Administered Tribal Areas both politically and socially with rest of the country.
This was the crux of a Study Report titled "Local Government in FATA: Past Failures, Current Challenges and Future Prospects" launched by Islamabad-based think tank - FATA Research Center - at a local hotel here on Tuesday.
The report is prepared after conducting extensive surveys, interviews and round tables conferences with different stakeholders including tribal people, elders, political and legal experts, academia, media men and government officials.
Speaking at a launching ceremony as a chief guest, Federal Minister for State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt Gen (R) Qadir Baloch, said the findings of the report are manifesting the fact that tribal people are politically aware and demanding participation in affairs of the state through democratically elected bodies.
The minister elaborated that we haven't decided yet about the date of conducting local bodies elections in entire of Pakistan and will introduce the local government system in FATA before its elections.