The government has decided to hold further consultations on FATA reforms package.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Federal Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Prime Minister appreciated the FATA reforms committee for formulating a comprehensive package for the tribal people.

He said all the relevant stakeholders will be taken on board before the finalization of the report.

The meeting considers 23-point agenda including report of the FATA reforms committee.

Cabinet also offered Fateha for the departed souls of ill-fated PIA Plane Crash near Havelian.

Later briefing the Media persons along with Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the FATA reforms committee headed by adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will contact Jamiyat Ulema-e Islam (f) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami party to address their concerns on the reforms package.

Abdul Qadir Baloch said the reforms package envisages phased merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said all the FATA parliamentarians as well as majority of people in the tribal areas support the idea of merger.

He said the package also proposes a ten year development plan for FATA in order to bring these areas at par with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.