FATA Merger-Between Myth and Reality


  • Naik Muhammad Naik Muhammad, M. Phil graduate, National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.


federally administered, tribal areas, frontier crimes regulations, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, political agents


This paper aims to find the changes brought by the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) into the province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. It was expected that there would be peace and prosperity in the region after merger. The central and provincial government would initiate developmental works in the region. Having this expectation, the merger was celebrated throughout the region. But after more than four years since its merger, the hopes of the people have become elusive. The government has not initiated developmental works in the region. The economic packages which were promised to the region have not been paid sincerely. There are ongoing feuds among various tribes and the government has failed in bringing normalcy and peace in the region. Bringing this region into the mainstream is an arduous task and of course, it will take time. But the government needs to fulfill its promises and give special attention to the development of the region.