Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 9 December: The FATA Reforms Committee has presented its final report in which it has recommended merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday that the proposal for holding a referendum in FATA has been rejected because such demands could also surface in Hazara Division, South Punjab and Karachi.

The minister said the FATA Reforms Committee has the support of all the political parties in its proposal of merger with KP. However, he said, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) are opposing the merger. He said the recommendations made by the FATA Reforms Committee will be placed before the federal cabinet in its next meeting.

About other reforms, Mr Baloch said local bodies polls will be held in the tribal areas next year. He said a proposal to provide about Rs3-4 billion development funds to every tribal agency is under consideration and 20,000 more vacancies in the Levies force will be created.

The minister said human rights will not be violated in the Riwaj Act.