This is with reference to M. Asghar Khan's column 'Pakistan's Tribal Areas' in The Nation on 27th July. The government at the center or in the province has had nothing to do with law and order, education, health or development in the Federally Administrative Tribal Area. The government has military cantonments in the tribal territories and maintains communications and civic facilities such as water and electricity supply, primarily to meet the army's requirements. Not a single factory has been built in these areas, which is also totally devoid of reputed educational institutions, since independence. General Zia-ul-Haq's government supported U.S in war against Soviet Union and armed tribal people with sophisticated weapons to fight the proxy war against Soviet Union. Now the situation has changed. Even in these God-forsaken tribal areas, the information technology has informed people about events in the world and has created consciousness of their rights. The government of Pakistan is responsible for militancy in (FATA) because having acted upon British policies; it did not introduce modern education system, health facilities and reformative innovations in these territories to provide opportunity to the people. Instead of relying upon military measures, the government should prepare long-term strategy to satisfy their basic needs and give them social, civic and political rights. They are people of the 21st century and part of our nation. -SHAIKH ABDUL RASHEED, Shikarpur, via e-mail, July 29.