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FATA reforms to be implemented: reports on our discussions now published


By dxw

President Asif Ali Zardari signs orders for the implementation of reforms in FATA, including the free functioning of political parties and checks on arbitrary powers of arrest and detention, both measures recommended at meetings held since 2008.


Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA): series of meetings held in 2008, ’09, ’10 (S08/4, WP10001, WP10148)

Between 2008 and 2010, with support from the UK Government, we held annual meetings to discuss options for a more coordinated policy approach to Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This included the governance structures needed there, how these can best be underpinned, and how to advance policy implementation.

Remote and with socially-conservative traditions, FATA is Pakistan’s poorest and least developed region, and is seen by many as a product of deliberate neglect under successive governments. Its traditional system of governance, economy and social fabric has been profoundly affected by 30 years of war in neighbouring Afghanistan. The insurgency which has taken root in FATA threatens domestic, regional and international security.

Our meetings led to a series of policy recommendations, premised on the need to tackle political, security and development in FATA comprehensively, based on full consultation with the region’s inhabitants.

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