Federal Cabinet approves merger of Fata with KP
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has approved placement of draft constitutional amendment before Parliament for the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The approval was granted during a meeting, which met in Islamabad on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
A National Security Committee meeting earlier chaired by the premier endorsed provision of additional development funds for Fata region during the next ten years with the stipulation that these funds would not be re-appropriated to any other area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The PM apprised the participants that his consultations with leaders of other political parties in Parliament on the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reflected a broad consensus.
The cabinet was informed that Gilgit-Baltistan Council will be retained as an advisory body towards the functions of the federal government.
It was also apprised that with the devolution of greater administrative and financial powers to the government of Gilgit-Baltistan, all the rights will be available to the citizens in GB as available to the people in other provinces of Pakistan.
The meeting approved National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Digital Pakistan policy.
Maximum Retail Prices of Drugs were also approved during the meeting.
The cabinet assented signing of agreement for provision of grant facility of 14 million dollars to Somalia.