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FATA wants reforms before October 9

25 September, 2017

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KHYBER AGENCY: Tribal elders on Sunday demanded that the government introduce reforms before October 9 and merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) otherwise they will stage a sit-in in Islamabad.

In a mammoth gathering in Paka Tara area of Bar Kamber Khel of Tehsil Bara, Khyber Agency, the FATA leaders launched FATA reforms movement to win rights for the tribal belt. They criticised the government for adopting delaying tactics to introduced FATA reforms.

The meeting was organised by Member National Assembly (MNA) NA-45 Haji Shahjee Gul Afridi and was attended by MNA Shahabuddin, former parliamentarians, lawyers, students and leaders of different political parties. Addressing on the occasion, speakers asked the government to immediately abolish the century-old British law FCR.

Putting their demands before the government, the speakers stressed for forthwith merging of FATA into KP, province, provision of representation in the provincial assembly of KP and allotment of 3% part to FATA in NFC National Finance Commission (NFC) award.

The tribal leaders unanimously agreed to begin FATA reforms movement to safeguard interests of the tribal belt.

They pronounced deadline that if their demands were meet before 9th of October, than they would have no other option but to set off a set- in in Islamabad.

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