ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Wednesday endorsed changes in Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) terming the more than a century old law for tribesmen as obsolete. While jointly chairing a high level meeting at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Presided Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani not only endorsed changes in the FCR but they also gave a go-ahead to the political reforms in the tribal areas. The meeting had been convened especially to consider the report of the Cabinet Committee on the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) proposing amendments in the 100-year- old law applicable exclusively in the tribal areas. Minister for Environment, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, SAFRON Minister Najmuddin Khan, Minister for Zakat and Usher Noorul Haq Qadri, Governor NWFP Owais Ghani, Minister of State Afzal Sindhu, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, Minister of State for KANA Abdul Razi, Senator Sardar Ali Khan, Presidents Spokesman Farhatullah Babar and MNA Munir Khan Orakzai besides senior federal and provincial officials attended the meeting. The meeting agreed that the FCR in its present form was an outdated law and needed to be amended in the light of the wishes of the people of tribal areas to protect their basic rights while at the same time not to disturb local customs and traditions. Spokesman to the President Farhatullah Babar while briefing the media said that the meeting appreciated the work done by the Cabinet Committee set up by the Prime Minister last year to propose suitable changes in the regulation governing the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In finalising its report the Cabinet Committee also considered previous reports that were drawn up in consultation with a cross section of tribal representatives, he said. It was pointed out in the briefing that in three different workshops held last year under the auspices of Shaheed Bhutto Foundation, hundreds of tribesmen from all walks of life representing all eight agencies had called for suitable changes in the FCR besides political reforms in the tribal agencies. It was also pointed out that on November 29, 2004 the Senate had adopted a unanimous resolution seeking amendments in the FCR. Subsequently, in August 2005 the Senate also endorsed the report of its Human Rights Committee on amendments in the FCR, Farhatullah Babar said. Earlier, Arbab Shehzad, Additional Secretary gave presentation on the report of the Cabinet Committee on the FCR. Farhatullah Babar said that under the Constitution, the President is empowered to make regulations for FATA. Article 247(5) of the Constitution lays down Notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution, the President may, with respect to any matter, make regulations for the peace and good governance of a Federally Administered Tribal Area or any part therefore.