ISLAMABAD - Experts on regional and national security made it loud and clear on Wednesday that sustainable peace can be secured in FATA through bringing it into mainstream, getting sustainable development, enhancing capacity building, reforming education sector and making collective efforts that incorporate people of FATA.The speakers were addressing a large number of participants at a seminar arranged by the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) here at the National Defense University. It was a one-day seminar on ‘Peace and Development in FATA: Prospects and Challenges’. The speakers mentioned the aspects including role of the media in mitigating the conflict and building peace and the viability of launching a military operation as a solution were debated. Also discussed were the solutions like revamping of policy initiatives by the government relating to FATA and accommodating the local population.The prospects and challenges in the restive region were discussed by an array of erudite experts and analysts, hailing from diverse fields including universities, think tanks, NGOs and practitioners. The seminar took place under the auspices of the President of the NDU, Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua, the Dean of the Faculty of Contemporary Studies, Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema and the head of the PCS department, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed Choudhry.The seminar was divided into three sessions. The prospects of understanding the restive FATA region, its governance issues and prospects for peace building and development were discussed by the panelists. The distinguished group of panelists included the likes of Saleem Safi, Maj Gen Nazir Butt, Dr. Maria Sultan, Atia Ali Kazmi, Aminah Khan, Raza Shah Khan, Aqeel Yusufzai and Asmat Khan.It was considered that sustainable peace can be introduced in FATA by bringing it into mainstream, sustainable development, capacity building, reforming education sector and collective efforts that incorporate people of FATA. Aspects such as the role of the media in mitigating the conflict and building peace and the viability of launching a military operation as a solution were debated. Also discussed were the solutions like revamping of policy initiatives by the government relating to FATA and accommodating the local population.Panelists and the participants appreciated the role of the military in peace-building efforts in FATA and the enormous sacrifices made in since 2001.In his final remarks, Ambassador Ayaz Wazir related the dynamics of FATA and asserted that FATA must be connected to rest of Pakistan in normative and developmental aspects, adding that there has never been a government in the region since Pakistan came into being. FATA needs a Marshall Plan, he concluded.