Governor dispels speculations about enforcement of Nizam-i-Adl in FataPakistan
LANDI KOTAL: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has dispelled speculations about implementation of Nizam-i-Adl in Fata, saying final decision about future status of the region will be taken by Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing tribal elders on the occasion of inaugurating Rs220 million water supply scheme here on Saturday, he said that no decision regarding changes in the existing administrative system of Fata would be imposed from outside. The decision of prime minister would reflect the genuine aspirations of the people of the region, he added.
“The five-member reforms committee had extensive discussions with representatives of all walks of life from Fata. The committee has submitted its detailed report to prime minister for his final decision,” the governor clarified media reports about the proposed introduction of Nizam-i-Adl system along with the extension of the jurisdiction of superior courts to tribal areas.
He said that prime minister might convene a jirga of all the major tribes of Fata to seek consensus on the announcement of a final decision regarding the future status of tribal areas.
The governor said that year 2016 would be the year of complete return of all the internally displaced people of Fata as government had chalked out a comprehensive plan for provision of all the basic facilities to the returning families alongside initiating a massive reconstruction plan for the militancy-affected infrastructure in the region.
“With the grace of Allah peace has been restored in most parts of Fata to a great extant and very soon the people of Fata will hear about restoration of 100 per cent peace in the entire tribal areas,” he said. He lauded the sacrifices of army and law enforcement agencies for restoration of peace in Fata.
The governor said that border management policy of the federal government would be implemented in letter and spirit. All the entry points with Afghanistan would be strictly monitored to check entry of illegal Afghans and keep a vigil on movement of militants, he added.
“The construction of a gate at Torkhum does not mean that we want to obstruct the entry of legal Afghans but it is aimed at regulating cross-border movement,” said the governor. He added that legal Afghans would be given due respect and honour on their entry into Pakistan.
The governor said that federal government was in constant contact with the government of Afghanistan and Afghan refugees would be sent home when a conducive atmosphere was created in their own country.
He announced a compensation amount of Rs500,000 for the family of Maj Jawad Ali Changeezi, who was killed in clashes with Afghan border guards.
Earlier, upon his arrival in Landi Kotal, the governor inaugurated the water supply scheme for over 100,000 population of Landi Kotal tehsil. He said that the Rs220 million scheme would provide clean drinking water to almost 80 per cent of the local population. The project would be completed within one year, he said.
Published in Dawn, July 10th, 2016