2017-03-02

Pakistan cabinet approves FATA merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani cabinet Thursday (March 2) approved political reforms for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the region's eventual merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, Geo News reported.

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting.

The integration with KP is expected to take five years if parliament approves. If integration takes place, Pakistan plans to repeal the colonial-era Frontier Crime Regulation that applies only to FATA and will form a Supreme Court bench to hear cases in the region.

All parts of Pakistan have equal rights to the country's resources, said Nawaz Sharif at the meeting.

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