ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, September 19: Awami National Party Chief Asfandyar Wali on Tuesday said that he would not accept any border between Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Demanding Fata’s immediate merger in KP, he said that 70 percent businesses in the province were owned by tribal people who were paying proper taxes.

Addressing media persons here at Bacha Khan Markaz, he said that despite paying taxes and playing equal role in national development, the government was not ready to bring them into mainstream.

He said he didn’t know why bother Maulana Fazlur Rahman and Mehmud Khan Achakzai were against the merger and why they were unable to see problems of the tribal people.

Referring towards Frontier Crimes Regulation, he said under the black law the administration arrest and punish innocent people for a crime committed by another person.

He demanded of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to fulfill promises made by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regarding reforms in Fata.

Meanwhile, Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch that Fata would be merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in less than five years. He said this during a briefing to the Senate Whole Committee over Fata reforms on Tuesday.

He also opposed the idea the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court should be extended to Fata adding that the decision would be seen as the beginning of the merger process. He said the appointment of a chief operating officer (COO) of grade 20, who would be answerable to the governor of KP, has been approved.