Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 9 November: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed a five-member committee for reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The prime minister made the committee after Member National Assembly from FATA Ghazi Gulab Jamal withdrew his candidature for the election of the National Assembly Speaker in favour of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ayaz Sadiq. Despite a public holiday, the notification for establishment of FATA reforms committee was issued on Sunday.

The five-member committee will include Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Lieutenant General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua and Zahid Hamid. The SAFRON minister will perform the job of the committee’s secretary. The prime minister asked the FATA reforms committee to immediately commence work on a reforms package.

Ghazi Gulab Jamal withdrew his candidature against Ayaz Sadiq after the latter met him and assured him that FATA will be given rights equal to other provinces. Mr Sadiq had also assured quick processing of the FATA reforms bill.

Ayaz Sadiq said after the meeting that the FATA lawmakers don’t want any privileges for themselves but they demanded rights of their people. He assured that the PML-N government will make all out efforts for providing all facilities to the FATA people.

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