Khalida Niaz

PESHAWAR: After the 25th constitutional amendment, the elected members of the national and provincial assembly from the tribal districts have been empowered to legislate for the tribal districts.

Analyst Dr Ashraf Ali expressed these views while talking to TNN after attending a seminar on reforms in the tribal districts in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Dr Ashraf Ali said previously the MNAs from the tribal areas did not have the powers of legislation for their areas. However, he said, after the 25th amendment, they will not only have the powers of legislation, but they will also be able raise voice for the rights of their voters.

Dr Ashraf said holding of local bodies polls in the tribal areas is a big achievement. He said powers will be transferred to grass root level after the local bodies polls and people will decide about their development priorities on local basis. He said this system will also boost the confidence of the people and will give them sense of ownership. He said the powers will be shifted from selected few people to the local representatives of masses which will bring a massive and positive change.

About the powers of political agents, Dr Ashraf said they used to be the centre of all powers in the tribal areas before the merger, but now the situation has changed. He said now the political agents only have administrative powers. He said the tribal people are also very happy over extension of the judicial system to the tribal areas. He said work is also underway on bringing police system in the tribal districts which will further improve law and order.

Muhammad Anwar, Executive Director of Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA), which organised the two-day workshop, told TNN that the workshop was organised to give the media persons an idea about the impact of the 25th amendment in the tribal districts and the procedure of the merger of Fata with KP.

He said the workshop also put light on the 18th constitutional amendment and the provincial rights under it. He said the participants were also informed about the expected share of the tribal districts in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Courtesy: TNN