PESHAWAR,16 November: Hundreds of workers of political parties and tribesmen from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are bound to Islamabad to stage a sit-in in front of parliament house in favor of FATA merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Protestors coming in dozens of vehicles from tribal areas first gathered at Rashakai interchange on Motorway in Mardan on Monday noon and then left for Islamabad.
Talking to TNN, the leader of FATA Siasi Ittehad and former Member of National Assembly Akhunzada Chattan said that people from all walks of life, except pro-political administration tribal elders, are participating in the rally because they are not happy with the status quo in FATA.
“We will continue this movement until we get rights for the people of FATA. “Leaders of various political parties including opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, JI amir Sirajul Haq, Afrasiab Khattak, Moulana Ataur-Rehman and Jahangir Tareen will participate in the sit-in”, he said.
The sit-in has been jointly called by the Fata Siasi Ittehad, Fata Lawyers’ Forum and the fata members of parliaments. However, the tribal MPs have now withdrawn their support citing the reason that the Prime Minister has constituted a committee for Fata reforms and their protest will be meaningless till the outcome of the committee proceedings.