ISLAMABAD - Nine mainstream political parties adopted a resolution on FATA reforms as the first formal initiative of the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms in Islamabad on Wednesday, The committee comprises representatives from Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam, Jamat-e-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, PPP-S, National Party, Awami, National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party The parties called upon President Asif Ali Zardari to implement the reforms announced on August 14 2009. They highlighted the importance of extending the Political Parties Order of 2002 to FATA. In addition, they urged the President to initiate a consultation process with the people of FATA and the political parties to develop and implement an economic development package for the tribal areas to reduce the development gap between FATA and the rest of the country. The political parties represented in the committee agreed that political, economic, social and administrative reforms in FATA were necessary to obtain and sustain peace and development in the area. In addition, all the parties have complete agreement that the values and traditions of the citizens of FATA should be duly respected and taken into consideration in the implementation of reforms. The parties joined hands to form the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms to demonstrate their shared commitment to promote debate on FATA reforms throughout Pakistan and to call for the implementation of reforms in the tribal areas. In the future, the committee plans to engage in discussions with stakeholders from FATA, as a way to build consensus and to call for the implementation of reforms.