Federal ombudsman’s powers extended to FATA Endowment fund’s establishment in FATA directed

PESHAWAR: The long-standing demand of tribal people was met on Monday as the powers of federal ombudsman have been extended to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The decision would bring FATA under the jurisdiction of higher judiciary for the first time in the country's history.
The notification to this effect has been issued by Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON).
It is pertinent to mention here that thirty years after establishment of the office of federal ombudsman its jurisdiction was extended to FATA.

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FATA team calls on Shaukat

Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has said that the government is making sincere efforts to facilitate the people of FATA to the maximum possible extent; help them in resolution of their grievances and ensure better output of the resources being allocated for this purpose.
Talking to tribal elders and youth, hailing from different parts of FATA who called on him at Governor’s House here on Saturday, the Governor also pointed out that his initiatives to further streamline working of government institutions right at grassroots level have been accruing better results and he has been observing a positive response both from the public and the government institutions in this respect. The tribal elders and the youth apprised the governor about the prevailing situation in their respective areas.
Referring to various points, the Governor particularly mentioned the importance of efficient working of health and educational institutions and realized the people from FATA that it is must for ensuring better future for their coming generations. With this fact in mind, he added, strict actions are already underway to curb absenteeism and make the proper functioning of the respective institutions possible. He also urged the tribal elders to fully cooperate with the respective government organisations which are engaged in making proper and result oriented utilisation of the government resources.

Info officers to be appointed in all Fata agencies: Fazlullah

Hanif ullah Jan
BAJAUR AGENCY: Director Information FATA, Fazal ullah has said that government was committed to ensure freedom of the press in the tribal areas and saying that providing of basic trainings and modern facilities would more enhance the professional capability of tribal journalists.
Talking to a delegation of Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) here, he said that government taking keen interest in promoting of freedom of the press in FATA and committed to take measures which help promote journalism in the area. He said the government and Media cell in FATA secretariat is taking keen interest to improve the capacity building of tribal journalists and in this regard several projects would be launched soon.
He said that the government making efforts for facilitating the tribal journalists to access the information about the development activities in the area and for this purpose information officer in every tribal agency will be appointed soon.

Area Politicians Resolved To Secure Public Rights

BAJAUR AGENCY, Aug16: All Bajaur Political Parties Alliance has showed concern over what they called awful behavior of the government officials with the tribesmen and resolved that efforts would be made to secure basic rights of people of the region.

The decision was made at a meeting of the alliance here at the residence of former MNA Akhund Zada Chattan here on Thrusday at Khar.

The alliance president, former senator Maulana Abdur Rasheed, chaired the meeting, which was addressed by member central executive committee of Pakistan People`s Party Mr Aurangzeb, Mr Chattan, Awami National Party`s Attaullah Khan, Rahat Yousaf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-i-Islami`s Fata chief Sahibzada Haroon Rasheed.

They said that complaints about misconduct of officials of political administration with poor tribesmen were increasing day by day since the establishment of government writ in Bajaur Agency. They said that people had been suffering at the hands of officials without committing any crime.

“We do not know the reason for the misbehavior of the officials with our citizens, but this is certainly going to create mistrust between the administration and people”, said Haroon Rasheed.

He claimed that the officials had been arresting a large number of tribesmen daily under the collective responsibility law, only to release them after receiving bribe in the cover of fine.

Meanwhile, students of Bajaur Public School and College (BPSC) a well reputed educational institution in Bajaur tribal agency running under the local administration showed remarkable performance in the recent intermediate examinations, with two students securing first position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Malakand.

After congratulating the students, BPSC’s Principal Mohammad Sultan Khan told reporters here that all 73 students who appeared in the exams scored either A* or A grades, while 11 students from the school obtained the top 20 positions.

By: Anwarullah Khan 

Ex-servicemen want local body elections in Fata

Hanif Ullah/ FP 

BAJAUR AGENCY: Ex-Serviceman Society FATA GS Kemya Khan afridi has said that along with the other parts of the country, the government should also conduct Local Government elections in Fata.

While talking to media persons in Khar, Ex-serviceman Society Leader said that government was getting preparations to hold local bodies election in the country, but the government has not made it clear whether it would hold the same elections in the tribal regions or not KK urged the PML-N led federal government to conduct local bodies' elections in Fata as it would further strengthen the democratic culture in the tribal areas. "Power can be easily devolved at the grass root level through holding local bodies elections in FATA, KK argued, saying the government should not deprive the tribesmen of this basic right."

"The tribal people will neither accept nominated local bodies nor to keep silent if local bodies elections were not held in tribal regions, Ex-serviceman society leader remarked. KK Afridi demanded of the government to conduct LG elections at the same day with the other parts of Pakistan. He said that deprivation of the tribal people from their social, political and constitutional rights would lead to conflict and backwardness in the region.

Ex-Serviceman Society Fata leader also urged the government to bring the bureaucracy working in FATA under the local governments so that speedy welfare and development could be started in FATA. The political administration should be made accountable and answerable to the elected representatives in FATA, KK Afridi suggested, saying continuation of the chaotic situation would further aggravate the problems in FATA. He asked the government to explain its position whether it is willing to hold local bodies elections in FATA or not.

 

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