Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk says the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a landmark development.

Chairing a meeting to review progress on implementation of FATA reforms the prime minister stressed upon the need for addressing the important administrative, legal and financial issues in this regard.

The Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Azam Khan informed the committee that the agencies & frontier regions have been re-designated as districts and sub-divisions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The posts of political agents and assistant political agents have been re-designated as deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners.

The meeting was informed that draft plans for extension of judiciary, policing, prosecution and prisons service in the tribal districts have also been prepared.

While member Federal Board of Revenue briefed the meeting about the tax exemptions and other financial incentives that have been provided to the people of erstwhile FATA and PATA for the next five years.

A committee was also constituted under the chairmanship of federal minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs and comprising of Chief Secretary KP Muhammad Azam Khan, Advocate General KP, Home Secretary KP, Additional Chief Secretary FATA, and representatives of the finance, revenue and planning divisions, to formulate a strategy for removing bottlenecks.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Law Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretaries of Safron, Finance and Planning Divisions, Chief SECRETARY Khyber pakhtunkhwa, ACS FATA and other senior officials.

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