Tribal elders holding a meeting in Peshawar about reforms in FATA. – Photo by Saleemur Rehman Afridi

PESHAWAR, 2 August: The FATA Political Alliance has threatened to hold protests by wearing black armbands if the tribal population was not taken into confidence over reforms in the tribal areas.

A meeting of the political alliance in this regard was held in Khyber Killi area of Peshawar on Monday. Participants of the meeting said if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced such reforms in FATA on 14 August which did not carry their input, then they will start a protest movement from that day.

The Jamaat-e-Islami leader Shah Faisal Afridi said the FATA leadership should be taken into confidence and their inputs should also be incorporated in the reforms draft. “Any reforms contrary to the wishes of the FATA people will only lead to protests,” he said.

The Pakistan People’s Party leader Hazrat Wali said a drama is being played with FATA in the name of reforms.

“They have only changed the name of FCR (Frontier Crimes Regulation), while the system is the same,” he said.

The tribal elders also demanded the government to take steps to restore electricity supply in the areas of Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency where people are returning after military operations. They also called upon the government to resolve the problems of students in these areas.