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The first step

The common tradition in Pakistan is that the nation congratulates each other on events before they understand the ramifications of a particular event. The first step that has been taken to mainstream Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is an extension of the jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court (PHC) and Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC).

Equalising constituencies

In the delimitation of constituencies undertaken before the general elections of 2002, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Battagram was given one national seat for a population of 307,278 (1998) while district Haripur, located in the same division, Hazara, too got one seat for its 692,228 residents.

Compulsive criticism

The country celebrates the passage of a historic bill in the National Assembly, seeking extension of the jurisdiction of superior courts to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). This bill is especially welcomed by tribesmen and youth in Fata, who see this as the beginning of a new era.

Need for course correction

It is now a settled axiom in economics that a precondition for sustainable economic growth is macroeconomic stability. Over the years, Pakistan has learnt this the hard way. Most recently, after crawling back up to what should be its normal ‘Pakistani’ growth rate of six per cent, it now finds even this target threatened with an unsustainable current account deficit and mounting debt repayments.

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