A Milestone Political Moment for Pakistan’s Tribal Belt

People from Pakistan’s tribal areas participate in a rally demanding the release of suspects being held because of their alleged links to militants, Karachi, Pakistan, April 8, 2018 (AP photo by Fareed Khan).
People from Pakistan’s tribal areas participate in a rally demanding the release of suspects being held because of their alleged links to militants, Karachi, Pakistan, April 8, 2018 (AP photo by Fareed Khan).

Last month, Pakistan made one of the most important political moves in its 70-year history. Parliament passed legislation, officially the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which paves the way for the merger of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas with the neighboring province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. On May 31, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain signed the bill into law. Pakistan’s tribal belt will now come under the writ of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial government. North Waziristan, South Waziristan and the rest of Pakistan’s seven tribal agencies will become districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. No longer will they be loosely administered by national government representatives known as political […]

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