FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, June 24, 2013Contact: Hassan Mufti, Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF)sbfcoms@gmail.comhttp://fa...
Some of the specific changes proposed in the FATA Declaration are:1) Constitutional amendment to allow FATA parliamentaria...
FATA DECLARATIONAPPROVED BY FATA GRAND ASSEMBLYPESHAWAR, SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013FATA Citizens Declaration on ReformsFATA G...
2. The status of FATA should be decided by its people;3. A FATA Council elected on adult franchised basis should beestabli...
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ABOUT THE FATA DECLARATIONThe FATA Declaration was unanimously approved by more than 300 members ofFATA Reforms Councils a...
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Press Release: FATA Declaration approved by FATA Grand Assembly (June 24, 2013, Peshawar)

Urdu version available at: https://www.slideshare.net/fatanews/press-release-fata-declaration24-june-2013final-urdu-v2 --- Peshawar: The FATA Declaration was unanimously approved by more than 300 members of FATA Reforms Councils from all tribal agencies and frontier regions at the FATA Grand Assembly on June 22, 2013 in Peshawar. The FATA Declaration represents the culmination of a lengthy dialogue and consensus-building process spanning five years of consecutive local reform council meetings and advocacy workshops regarding challenges in the implementation of already enacted political reforms in FATA and on recommendations for further reforms. The Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF) first launched its campaign in 2008 to amplify the voices of FATA citizens and bring about political reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). As Pakistan enters a new era of democracy, it is pertinent that the benefits of such a change accrue to the people of FATA. The recent elections are a testament of the will of the people of FATA to establish a truly democratic system that will uphold their basic civil rights – legal, political and social. As the reforms agenda seems to have lost urgency amidst other priorities, FATA elders, representatives of political parties, ulemas, lawyers, journalists, students and women from the tribal areas gathered so that their collective voices may be heard at the highest political echelons. The consensus FATA Declaration highlights urgent reforms priorities, including effective implementation of the 2011 reforms enacted by the President of Pakistan. The declaration contains 19 recommendations, encompassing essential changes needed to ensure mainstreaming of FATA and political participation of tribal citizens. The FATA Grand Assembly also asserted that tribesmen and tribeswomen must be guaranteed the same fundamental rights enjoyed by other citizens of Pakistan. Some of the specific changes proposed in the FATA Declaration are: 1) Constitutional amendment to allow FATA parliamentarians to legislate; 2) FATA Council elected by tribal citizens; 3) Political Administration accountable to an elected local government; 4) Division of executive and judicial powers in FATA; 5) Reserved seats for women of FATA; 6) Frontier Crimes Regulation abolished or substantially amended; 7) Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation abolished; 8) Extension of High Court jurisdiction to FATA; 9) Extension of PEMRA jurisdiction to FATA; and 10) Grassroots promotion of education throughout FATA.
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  • 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, June 24, 2013Contact: Hassan Mufti, Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF)sbfcoms@gmail.comhttp://facebook.com/pages/Shaheed-Bhutto-Foundation/138424929660655http://twitter.com/SBFPakistanFATA GRAND ASSEMBLYAPPROVESFATA DECLARATION ON REFORMSPeshawar: The FATA Declaration was unanimously approved by more than 300 membersof FATA Reforms Councils from all tribal agencies and frontier regions at the FATA GrandAssembly on June 22, 2013 in Peshawar.The FATA Declaration represents the culmination of a lengthy dialogue and consensus-building process spanning five years of consecutive local reform council meetings andadvocacy workshops regarding challenges in the implementation of already enactedpolitical reforms in FATA and on recommendations for further reforms. The ShaheedBhutto Foundation (SBF) first launched its campaign in 2008 to amplify the voices ofFATA citizens and bring about political reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas(FATA).As Pakistan enters a new era of democracy, it is pertinent that the benefits of such a changeaccrue to the people of FATA. The recent elections are a testament of the will of the peopleof FATA to establish a truly democratic system that will uphold their basic civil rights –legal, political and social.As the reforms agenda seems to have lost urgency amidst other priorities, FATA elders,representatives of political parties, ulemas, lawyers, journalists, students and women fromthe tribal areas gathered so that their collective voices may be heard at the highest politicalechelons.The consensus FATA Declaration highlights urgent reforms priorities, including effectiveimplementation of the 2011 reforms enacted by the President of Pakistan. The declarationcontains 19 recommendations, encompassing essential changes needed to ensuremainstreaming of FATA and political participation of tribal citizens. The FATA GrandAssembly also asserted that tribesmen and tribeswomen must be guaranteed the samefundamental rights enjoyed by other citizens of Pakistan.
  • 2. Some of the specific changes proposed in the FATA Declaration are:1) Constitutional amendment to allow FATA parliamentarians to legislate;2) FATA Council elected by tribal citizens;3) Political Administration accountable to an elected local government;4) Division of executive and judicial powers in FATA;5) Reserved seats for women of FATA;6) Frontier Crimes Regulation abolished or substantially amended;7) Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation abolished;8) Extension of High Court jurisdiction to FATA;9) Extension of PEMRA jurisdiction to FATA; and10) Grassroots promotion of education throughout FATA.The complete FATA Declaration can be downloaded at: http://goo.gl/4zxanThe FATA Grand Assembly was attended by the Honorable Khyber PakhtunkhwaGovernor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, who offered his endorsement of the people-drivenreforms process in FATA. Senator Farhatullah Babar was also a guest of honor on thisdignified occasion.Today, the approved FATA Declaration was presented to Governor Shaukatullah Khan forhis consideration. In addition, the Honorable President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari hasgraciously agreed to receive the members of the FATA Grand Assembly in July to formallyhear their recommendations as stated in the FATA Declaration.The FATA Declaration now brings FATA into the limelight by amplifying the voices of itspeople as they push for change through reforms. Struggling for political and legal reforms,FATA citizens are working to usher in a new era of prosperity in an otherwise sidelinedregion of Pakistan. The FATA Declaration is a foundation for concrete developments in thisdirection as SBF works to organize a FATA Convention wherein this landmark documentof consensus recommendations for reforms in FATA will be presented to the highest levelpolitical authority in Pakistan.FATA Declaration: http://goo.gl/4zxanUrdu press release: http://goo.gl/4zxanShaheed Bhutto Foundation profile and history: http://goo.gl/4zxanPhotos of FATA Grand Assembly: http://goo.gl/4zxan* * *
  • 3. FATA DECLARATIONAPPROVED BY FATA GRAND ASSEMBLYPESHAWAR, SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013FATA Citizens Declaration on ReformsFATA GRAND ASSEMBLY OF REFORMS COUNCILSPeshawar the 22nd June, 2013We, the tribal elders, religious clerics, political and social activists,students, women representatives, lawyers, journalists, teachers andother citizens from FATA, come together from all seven agencies andfrontier regions and unanimously adopt this:CITIZENS’ DECLARATION FOR FATA REFORMSIt is our consensus, as tribal citizens, that the amendments made to theFrontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) in 2011 are not being implemented intheir true letter and spirit.While paying homage to the Honorable President of the Islamic Republicof Pakistan, who took notice of our miseries and enacted the FATAReforms Package of 2011, we request the President to direct for urgentand comprehensive implementation of existing reforms.Furthermore, we unanimously propose the following immediate changesfor further reforms in FATA:1. The Constitutional provisions regarding FATA need to beamended to the extent that FATA Parliamentarians could play arole or take part in the legislation for FATA. Furthermore, theconstitution should be harmonized so as the fundamental rightsenjoyed by the rest of country should be extendable to FATA;1
  • 4. 2. The status of FATA should be decided by its people;3. A FATA Council elected on adult franchised basis should beestablished in FATA which should be empowered to suggest tothe President of Pakistan regarding the future of FATA;4. Local Governments should be established under FATA LocalGovernments Regulation 2002 (with some amendments, ifneeded) and the Jirga system should be made more democratic,effective and representative;5. The Political Administration should be accountable to electedrepresentatives of Local Governments;6. There should be reserved seats for tribal women in the NationalAssembly and Senate, like in the rest of Pakistan;7. The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) should either besubstantially amended or annulled to recognize thefundamental rights of the people of FATA;8. There should be separation of judiciary and executive as in thewhole of the country;9. The jurisdiction of the High Court and Supreme Court ofPakistan should be extended to FATA;10. The civil armed forces, such as Khasadar and levies, should bestrengthened and reinforced and adequately armed;11. Promotion of education at the grassroots level is needed in allof FATA, while vocational training and skills development alsoneed special attention. Separate universities for male andfemale students, colleges and technical institutes should beestablished on priority basis in FATA;12. No person, male or female, should be deprived of propertywithout due compensation, and the law of inheritance shouldbe extended to FATA;13. Fully operational Hospitals equipped with adequate facilitiesand experienced staff should be established in every Agencyand FRs of FATA. The hospitals should also have well-equipped trauma centers. Womens and childrens hospitals alsoneed to be established so that female and child mortality ratescan be decreased significantly;2
  • 5. 14. Due attention should be accorded to a planned and phasedprogram for infrastructure development in FATA;15. A comprehensive development package should be initiatedwhich will help to bring prosperity and job opportunities forthe people of FATA by exploiting natural and local resources;16. Press and Publication ordinance and PEMRA ordinance shouldbe extended to FATA;17. Actions in Aid of Civil Power Regulation 2011 should beabolished immediately;18. Reserved seats for FATA and FANA should be separated;19. Imposition of General Sales Tax (GST) in Budget 2013-14 onFATA is unanimously rejected and demanded of government totake its decision back immediately;We, the citizens of FATA do hereby adopt this FATA Declaration byunanimous consent on this day 22nd June, 2013 in Peshawar.FATA Reforms Council MembersFATA Grand AssemblySpecial Note: The participants of the FATA Grand Assembly stronglydemand the restoration of peace in FATA by the government and otherconcerned authorities.3
  • 6. ABOUT THE FATA DECLARATIONThe FATA Declaration was unanimously approved by more than 300 members ofFATA Reforms Councils at a FATA Grand Assembly organized by the Shaheed BhuttoFoundation on 22nd June, 2013 in Peshawar.The FATA Declaration represents the culmination of a lengthy dialogue andconsensus-building process spanning five years of consecutive local reform councilmeetings and advocacy workshops. The Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF) firstlaunched its campaign in 2008 to amplify the voices of FATA citizens and bringabout political reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).Now, as the reforms agenda seems to have lost urgency amidst other priorities,FATA elders, representatives of political parties, ulemas, lawyers, journalists,students and women from the tribal areas gathered to unite regarding challenges inthe implementation of already enacted political reforms in FATA and onrecommendations for further reforms.The FATA Grand Assembly was attended by the Honorable Khyber PakhtunkhwaGovernor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, who offered his endorsement of the people-driven reforms process in FATA. Senator Farhatullah Babar was also a guest ofhonor on this dignified occasion.The FATA Declaration now brings FATA into the limelight by amplifying the voicesof its people as they push for change through reforms. Struggling for political andlegal reforms, FATA citizens are working to usher in a new era of prosperity in anotherwise sidelined region of Pakistan. The FATA Declaration is a foundation forconcrete developments in this direction as SBF works to organize a FATAConvention wherein this landmark document of consensus recommendations forreforms in FATA will be presented to the highest level political authority inPakistan.22nd June, 2013* * *4

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