Political and legal reforms in the tribal belt are key to preventing extremists from filling the vacuum
Ziad Haider; YaleGlobal, 25 August 2008
LAHORE: With a revived Taliban and Al Qaeda operating out of Pakistan’s federally administered tribal areas (FATA), the region has assumed center stage in the US-led “war on terror.” To secure these areas, Pakistan’s civilian government seeks to negotiate with tribesmen who end combat, withdraw the army and only use it on last resort, while promoting economic development.Yet this strategy will fail unless Pakistan fully addresses FATA’s regressive and shrinking governance system. Political and legal reforms are essential to extend the state’s writ, uphold constitutional rights, prevent a popular drift to the Taliban, and mainstream and secure the region in the long-term.
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