PESHAWAR, 07 December: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that due to FCR, the people of Fata were being deprived of their basic human rights.

He was addressing a gathering held in connection with National Voters’ Day in Governors’ House here on Wednesday.

The governor lamented that though Fata is part of Pakistan but it had never been considered like rest of the country.

He said that as per the proposed reforms agenda, local government elections would be held in Fata before the end of 2017, which would help bring the tribal belt in the mainstream.

The governor said that reconstruction and rehabilitation of basic infrastructure in Fata was one of the major components of the reforms package. He added the government had been trying to repatriate all the IDPs till the end of December, however he said if some of the displaced families were left over due to winter, the process would be completed by March next year.

Highlighting the importance of casting votes, the governor said that general public particularly the youth should be informed about the importance of their votes, adding casting of votes is must for strengthening the democratic system.

Later, an awareness walk was also arranged. KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra led the walk. Senior Minister Inayatullah, member of Election Commission of Pakistan Mrs. Irshad Qaiser and other officials of the the election commission, students and other government officials also participated in the walk.