JUI-F hits out at gradual merger of Fata with K-P

Published: March 3, 2017
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DI KHAN: One of the major allies of the federal government has categorically rejected the federal cabinet’s decision on Thursday to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), alleging that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has deceived it on the issue.

Earlier in the day, the federal cabinet approved the proposal for merging Fata with the K-P over a period of five years. It also decided to repeal the Frontier Crime Regulations (FCR) and to enact Rewaj Act besides approving financial and infrastructure development packages.

Federal cabinet approves FATA’s merger with K-P, repeal of FCR

“The federal cabinet has taken this decision with a mala fide intention,” JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman told a news conference in his hometown. “That is why the JUI-F’s central executive committee (CEC) has rejected the move.”

Fazl said he would take up the issue with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during opening ceremony of Kurram Tangi Dam. “If a democratic government can’t protect the rights of Fata residents then how can they safeguard rights of Kashmiris?” he asked.

The JUI-F chief said Fata reforms and the decision for its merger with the K-P was taken without the consent of Fata residents and a minority had tried to impose its will on a majority.

Tribal reforms: Give constitutional rights to FATA people first: Fazl

He called upon the government to revive the column of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the forms of the upcoming census, adding that most people of Fata were still living in other parts of the country due to the military operation in their areas.

Fazl said the decision about future of Fata should be taken after the return of all IDPs into the respective agencies. “We have summoned Fata’s elder jirga in Peshawar and a decision on the future course will be taken after consultation from the real representatives of the area,” the JUI-F chief said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2017.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Zahid
    Mar 3, 2017 - 9:39AM

    If this guy feels bad there must be something good happening here.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 3, 2017 - 10:33AM

    Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan are all tribalistic, but over the course of several decades, they have accepted Pakistan Penal Code, as the means to solve disputes and criminal matters. It might take up to 20 to 30 years for FATA to shed their tribal beliefs; it needs to happen, for them to be able to, survive as a people, in the modern times.Recommend

  • Gemini
    Mar 3, 2017 - 11:13AM

    @Zahid: Cent Percent Agree with You.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 3, 2017 - 1:20PM

    If this man says it’s bad….then it must be good for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:02PM

    This maulana must be demanding his share in FATA otherwise who is he to talk for FATA residents. Recommend

  • Singh
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:04PM

    @Zahid:
    This maulana knows only one theory ‘I won’t play nor I will allow others to play’.Recommend

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