ISLAMABAD: On the advice of the prime minister, President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday approved the Regulations for Federal Levies Force, 2012 for Fata and Pata under Article 247 of the Constitution.
The summary received by the Presidency from the States and Frontier Regions Division through the prime minister’s office said the prime minister while chairing a high-level meeting on law & order at the Governor House in Peshawar on June 19, 2009 had directed for strengthening the Federal Levies Force in Fata and Pata/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also up-grading of the existing service structure. It said that accordingly a regulation was drafted in consultation with all concerned divisions including Law & Justice Division and was notified in May 2010 after the approval of the prime minister and the president.
Later, in view of the amendments proposed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to the president, two identical but separate regulations were drafted for Federal Levies Force for Fata and Levies Force for Pata, respectively, after agreement of all the stakeholders.
After endorsement of these drafts by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and later by parliamentarians from Fata, the Ministry of Safron recommended to the prime minister to advise the president to accord his approval for the issuance of Federal Levies Force Regulation, 2012 for Fata and Levies Force Regulation 2012 for Pata, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Article 247 of the Constitution.
Senator Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson to the president, said the regulations have been issued to decentralise the operational command and administration of the Federal Levies Forces in Fata & Pata while the earlier regulations notified in 2010 stand repealed.