President signs off on FATA-KP merger

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 31 May 2018

President signs off on FATA-KP merger

  • The merger would open up an era of prosperity and development for tribal people and help them progress in all spheres of life, said the President.
  • Rupees 1 trillion would be spent on the development of the area over a period of next ten years.

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday signed a constitutional amendment formally merging the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, following its passage in the National Assembly and Senate, and in KP’s Assembly.

KP Gov. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, FATA Reform Committee head Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor Nasir Khan Janjua and the prime minister’s legal adviser Zafarullah Khan witnessed the signing.
Hussain congratulated the people of FATA, saying the merger will “open up an era of prosperity and development for its people and help them progress in all spheres of life.” He added: “The nation needs to work together to fully benefit from this historic opportunity.”
Aziz said the people of FATA will enjoy equal rights like other Pakistanis, and 1 trillion rupees ($8.64 billion) will be spent on developing the region over the next 10 years.

Earlier this week, on May 29, President Mamnoon Hussain signed the ‘FATA Interim Governance Regulation, 2018’ that is a set of interim rules for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until it merges with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa “within a timeframe of two years”.

The Constitutional Amendment passed by both the houses of parliament suggested merging FATA with KP within time frame of two years.


Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Updated 8 min 47 sec ago

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

  • Iranian state TV said Tehran released British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians held abroad

BANGKOK: Thai officials say they have approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot.
The acknowledgement from Thailand on Thursday came as a 33-year-old Australian academic was freed by Iran after she was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. Thai officials did not go so far as to call it a prisoner swap or say what involvement Australia may have had in the arrangement.
Iranian state TV said Tehran released British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians held abroad.
Chatchom Akapin, the deputy attorney general, told The Associated Press that Thai authorities have approved the transfer of the prisoners under an agreement between Thailand and Iran.
“These types of transfers aren’t unusual. We transfer prisoners to other countries and at the same time receive Thais back under this type of agreement all the time,” he said.