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Laws in merged districts

The erstwhile Fata region was governed through a special set of laws, called the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), by British India, and, after independence, Pakistan continued with the same laws till 2018 when things changed in legal terms. Many people wanted the status quo and are still reluctant to welcome the new laws.

I am a government official working in the newly-merged districts to execute government policies in letter and in spirit. Unfortunately, we have to face many hindrances as a large number of people reject these laws. For instance, a minimum amount is levied against the registration of business outlets. People consider this as a tax imposed on them, misbehave with the officials, and blame them for not performing their duties properly. They are not aware about the opportunities of merger, and criticise the government for not fulfilling its promises. They must be told that inclusive institutions are imperative for their progress. It will pave the ways for better education, healthcare and, most importantly, their rights will be protected under the Constitution.

Muhammad Zafar Mehsud