PPP leader Akhunzada Chattan. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 10 November: The FATA political alliance has rejected a committed formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for introducing reforms in the tribal areas.

FATA political alliance president Akhunzada Chattan said on Monday that the PM’s committee has no representation from FATA and all its members are outsiders. He said the tribal politicians will stage a huge sit in at D Chowk in Islamabad on 16 December for the rights of FATA people.

Meanwhile, the youth of Frontier Region Bannu and North Waziristan Agency arranged another Jirga (meeting) in Bannu for merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tribal youth, political representatives and elders attended the Jirga in large number which was organised at Government High School No 2.

Participants of the Jirga said the merger of FATA with KP was the need of the hour.

“All youth and elders of FATA will be happy with merger of tribal areas with KP. It will promote unity among Pakhtuns after which they will be well organised to fight for their rights,” a tribal elder at the Jirga told TNN.

Another participant said the tribal people don’t want division of Pakhtuns and want merger with KP to secure their future.

The Jirga participants also rejected the prime minister’s FATA reforms committee arguing that it has no representation from FATA or KP.

A view of a Jirga on future of FATA in Bannu. – Photo by Gohar Wazir

The prime minister had formed FATA reforms committee on Sunday, a day ahead of the National Assembly speaker’s election, on the demand of FATA lawmakers. The FATA members of the National Assembly in return withdrew their candidate, Ghazi Gulab Jamal, for the NA speaker slot in favour of PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq.

The five-member committee formed by Mr Sharif will include Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Lieutenant General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua and Zahid Hamid.

Earlier, the Awami National Party (ANP) had also rejected the PM’s FATA reforms committee, arguing that it lacks representatives from tribal areas.

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