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FATA’s merged districts’ problems to be resolved through transparent census: Senate Chairman

ISLAMABAD: Acting Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi said Tuesday transparent census will help in long-term planning to solve the problems of the merged districts of FATA.

Talking to a delegation of tribal elders and leaders at the Parliament house, the acting chairman said tribal traditions and culture are very close to his heart. He expressed happiness over confidence showed by the tribal people in their institutions.

Afridi said although FATA has been merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, there is still a long way to go to carry forward the reform process and it is necessary to strengthen the administrative structure at the local level. He opined that in this regard, a transparent census of the merged districts is very important as it will help in long-term futuristic planning and advance the development process.

The acting chairman said the reform agenda will bring about a new era of development in the erstwhile FATA and it will also help in solving the problems identified by the delegation of tribal elders and leaders.

He emphasized that calculated steps should be taken to ensure sustainable development in the tribal areas. He also assured all possible cooperation to solve the problems of erstwhile FATA.