The federal government has dropped Fata reforms from its cabinet meeting agenda at the last minute, pouring cold water on expectations and enthusiasm among political activists anticipating a nod to end the colonial-era deprivation of social, political and human rights of millions of people. Sources said recommendations of the Fata Reforms Committee, headed by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, were due to come before the federal cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday for formal approval. However, the item was dropped from the agenda at the

PTI lawmaker Shaukat Ali Yousafzai is likely to be removed once again from an assignment – this time apparently to appease another disgruntled party MPA. Yousafzai appointed as the K-P information minister was removed from the post in August 2013, when he was given the portfolio of health minister. In March 2014, he was removed from health ministry and was appointed as minister of industries but that portfolio was taken back in May 2014. Until now he had been serving as the focal person for the Peshawar Mega Project but

Nearly 700 families of temporarily displaced persons of North Waziristan returned from Afghanistan to Bakka Khel Camp Bannu. The families had fled to Afghanistan’s Khost province after the army initiated the military operation Zarb-e-Azb in 2014 to counter terrorism in the region. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) figures around 291,800 individuals had moved to Afghanistan after the operation and had settled in the Gulan Camp in Gurboz district of Afghanistan’s Khost province. Majority of the areas in North and South Waziristan have been cleared and the

The PML-N led government is to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after an approval of almost all the parliamentary parties. As the federal cabinet managed to woo both the opposition and allies over the merger plan, the process of bringing Fata under the administrative control of the KP government will begin after Parliament’s approval. Fata is being governed by the British-era law called Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) Act which legal experts say is a violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 Constitution. The Jamiat

The Awami National Party on Sunday accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of not fulfilling his promises on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Addressing a public gathering at Charsadda, ANP leader Ásfandyar Wali Khan warned the government of protests if it backed out on its promises on CPEC. He expressed his concerns on the stark contrast between the claims that the provincial Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and the federal government were making on the Army Public School and Bacha Khan University attack. The ANP leader also called for the merger of the federally administered tribal

The Afghan nationals will continue to study in Pakistani educational institutions beyond Dec 2017, which is presumed to be the final date for the voluntary repatriation of around 1.3 million registered refugees, if a summary put up to the federal cabinet in this regard gets approval, a senior official said here on Friday. “The deadline announced for the repatriation of refugees will not affect the Afghan students’ education. They can carry on their studies beyond December 2017 provided that refugee student obtains certificate from the head of the education institution

The district administration has arrested five people and seized about 8,000 liters of adulterated milk during a raid on a franchise here on Thursday. Peshawar’s acting deputy commissioner Shahid Mehmood said in a statement that the action was taken following complaints about supply of contaminated milk to the consumers. It stated that the dealer was found mixing dangerous chemicals with milk. The statement said that the franchise ‘Ever Best Milk’ was located at Gharibabad where the action was taken following laboratory tests by the staff of livestock department. It said

The current list of Pashtoons tribes/clans circulating from various pages on facebook is completily wrong. They mentioned 72 tribes while according to wikipedia Estimates of the number of Pashtun tribes and clans range from about 350 to over 400 They are traditionally divided into four tribal confederacies: the Sarbani (سربڼي), the Bettani (بېټني), the Gharghashti (غرغښتي), and the Karlani (کرلاڼي). According to Khyber.org an authentic Pashto online resources website, they published a book “Pukhtani Qabele Opejhany” written by Dr. Latif Yad where they mentioned about 135 tribes with complete information,

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