South Waziristan tribal district
South Waziristan. File Photo

Bakht Zamin

PESHAWAR: The misuse of quota system for the backward areas of erstwhile Fata and Frontier Regions (FR) by the people of settled areas has resulted into sheer violation of merit hereby depriving the deserving candidates from admissions in educational institutions and government jobs.

It is a grave issue faced by the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which requires utmost attention from the federal government. The quota system introduced by the government of Pakistan was aimed at facilitating the youth of backward areas to assist them in getting opportunities of quality education and getting adequate share in jobs according to their level of competence and to prevent any kind of sense of deprivation in them.

Unfortunately, currently, the merit for backward areas in various educational institutions as well as in jobs is much higher as compared to the rest of the areas of the country. For instance erstwhile Fata has been categorised as Zone 1 as per the division of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission which consists of seven tribal districts and six FRs that is almost 13 districts having a large area and huge population. Now, the dilemma is that the residents of the adjoining areas of erstwhile Fata have got dual domiciles i.e. the Fata domiciles along with their respective districts domiciles. Nearly all the youngsters of Bannu have also got the domiciles of FR Bannu as well. Same is the situation in Thall and Hangu where the youth have got Kurram domiciles and the residents of Charsadda, Mardan, Shergarh etc. have got domiciles of tribal districts of Mohmand and Bajaur. These people after getting jobs on backward areas seats but never serve inside these districts. Instead, they strive hard to get transfers to their native towns/villages, which is injustice with the backward areas.

The minorities living inside erstwhile Fata, who are entitled only to the Domicile-B, should also be given the rights of having the same domicile because it is the violation of equality of citizens under the Constitution of Pakistan. The problem can be resolved by computerisation of domicile certificates or the acceptance of permanent addresses in the computerised national identity cards (CNICs) as original domicile address.