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Justice (Retd) Dost Muhammad Khan. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan said on Tuesday that Fata-KP merger has brought along legal and administrative challenges required for the speedy mainstreaming of the tribal areas.

He said that he has made up his mind to facilitate the merger with a multi-prong approach. He had talked to the federal finance minister for early transfer of resources both of the province and the planned money for the development and mainstreaming of newly merged areas with the province.

The people of the tribal areas suffered heavily. They sacrificed everything and the armed forces had a lion’s share in the sacrifices and the struggle in the fight against militancy. He said this while presiding over a meeting here at CM House.

“The emerging situation necessitated comprehensive administrative measures and the caretaker set up would go whole hog to take administrative measures required for the timely, peaceful and transparent conduct of elections, ensuring quality governance and improved security situation in the province,” he said. On this occasion several decisions were taken for the peaceful and transparent conduct of upcoming elections.

It also decided to improve the level of administrative and social justice in the province. The cabinet also agreed to introduce a policy of reward and punishment for improving the tax collection.

Provincial Ministers, Chief Secretary, ACS and administrative secretaries attended the meeting that focused on addressing the legal challenges in the wake of merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The cabinet committee/task force to be headed by the Caretaker Chief Minister with representation from the provincial caretaker cabinet and administration will focus on the comprehension of problems, the identification of legal anomalies emerging out of the merger and finding suitable solution for the smooth transition in the backdrop of merger.

The mainstreaming of the tribal is the ultimate goal and the cabinet committee will work on fast track that would take care of the financial and administrative measures and would work for the confidence building of the tribal.