ISLAMABAD - Another avenue of external interference in Pakistans internal affairs has come to the fore as the American propaganda is now being routed through elitist NGOs. To ensure that the military high command accepts civilian control over law enforcement, influential external actors, particularly the US, should condition military aid on demonstrable steps by the military to support civilian efforts at preventing extremist groups from launching attacks from FATA within the region and beyond, International Crisis Group, an international high profile NGO, has recently recommended in its report titled 'Pakistan: Countering Militancy in FATA. The report further suggests that the civilian government must take over control of counter-terrorism policy from the military, which has little credibility and effectiveness as a law and order institution. It must strengthen the capacity of the civilian law enforcement agencies to maintain security in insurgency-hit areas, to investigate extremist and criminal networks and to build cases against militants that hold up in courts, report advised. Besides abolition of Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and bringing FATA under the executive control of NWFP, the ICG has also suggested prioritising health, education and strengthening civilian law enforcement in FATA. ICG report has underlined urgent need to establish the states writ over FATA. This is only possible by instituting full provincial and Constitutional rights in FATA, bringing the region under the executive control of NWFP and with representation in the provincial legislature, it stated. The modalities of such a process should however be decided after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, including tribal women, who should play a major part in this process and be guaranteed representation in the provincial legislature, the report recommended. The ICG Report also makes a highly volatile and purely political suggestion that FATA should become part of the NWFP. It further proposed that the integration process should include the dismantlement of FATA Secretariat and the FDA and the abolition of the offices of the political agents (PAs). All these functions and corresponding authority should be transferred to NWFP secretariat and relevant provincial line ministries and district departments. The report stated that the deference to tradition was no justification to delay FATAs democratisation. President Zardaris reform package has received broad public and political support, including within FATA, report added. The decision to extend the Political Party Order (2002) has opened the way for long overdue party-based elections to the National Assembly and is already leading to greater political mobilization. FATA is no longer accessible, with the militarys patronage, only to the Islamist parties. Moderate political parties now have an opportunity to establish offices at district, tehsil (town) and ward level, with internal elections to local party posts, and representation in NWFP and national party bodies, ICG report comments. The report further stated that FCR had turned FATA into a virtual prison for public-spirited and reform-minded individuals. Unless it was repealed in its entirety, dissenting voices would likely continue to be dubbed anti-state and silenced by imprisonment. Instead, FATAs incorporation into NWFP under a uniform judicial system would not only extend legal protection to political diversity and competition, it would also help extend the states writ over the region, the report suggested. International Crisis Group report also advised that the National Assembly should immediately pass legislation to extend the national and provincial higher courts jurisdiction to FATA, as empowered under Article 247 of the constitution. Civil and criminal courts should be established at the local level, with the appellate tribunals presided by qualified district and session judges, whose decisions can be appealed in the higher courts. Recommending on health services, report said that around 100 seats in medical colleges country-wide are reserved for students from FATA; most graduates were unwilling to return to their region, not just due to insecurity but also because of better opportunities for professional advancement in NWFPs settled areas. The report recommended that the government, NGOs and international agencies and donors must urgently address the acute shortage of basic facilities and trained practitioners, particularly female since women in this socially conservative region cannot consult male physicians. The report suggested that teaching strong verbal and written English language skills would allow FATAs students to compete in local and national job markets. The government should make English language instruction compulsory in FATAs public schools from class one.