LANDI KOTAL: Calling the referendum on Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) reforms package ‘undemocratic’, former parliamentarians of the Khyber Agency have rejected the merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) for being neglected during the consultation process.
Addressing a public gathering at Qambarabad, Bara tehsil on Sunday, former federal minister for environment Hamidullah Jan said Jaag Qabail Jaag [a party of former parliamentarians] rejects the decision of the proposed committee for Fata’s merger into K-P and that of Wali Bagh, Bani Gala and Takht-e-Lahore.
“The true spirit of democracy is to favour the voice of the masses but in Pakistan, the opinion of a few outweighs the consent of millions, so we reject such an undemocratic move from the centre and other political parties,” Jan added.
Both former senator Baz Gul Afridi and former minister Malik Waris Khan Afridi called for a separate province or council consisting of seven agencies and that all resources be utilised for the benefit of the locals.
All former parliamentarians at the gathering demanded reforms in the election process in Fata’s agencies and asked the federal government to call a grand jirga of the locals who represent the real leadership of the masses to decide the fate of Fata.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2017.