JAMRUD: All Fata Political Alliance will hold a protest on August 30 if the federal government fails to announce the much-touted reforms package for the region by Independence Day. This was declared by alliance’s president, Shah Faisal Afridi, in a joint declaration after a grand jirga. “Fata has been suffering through a draconian law [FCR] since the beginning of 19th century and tribespeople are being treated as secondary citizens in the 21st. We will protest against the injustice to Fata residents,” Manzoor Afridi, a member of the association, said on the occasion. Meanwhile, Zargun Shah Afridi said the tribal areas are without mobile phone services since the military operation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2016.