PESHAWAR, 25 October: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said on Tuesday that FATA will be merged with KP next year.

The chief minister said at the KP Assembly that he held a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the issue who assured him that FATA will be merged with KP in 2018. He hoped that the federal and provincial bureaucracy will not create hurdles in the merger process.

Mr Khattak said the federal government was not fulfilling its obligations and it has to pay Rs35 billion to KP. He said a sit-in will be staged in Islamabad if the federal government continued to deprive KP of its rights.