ISLAMABAD, 23 June: The federal government on Friday asked Parliamentarian from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) to give their final recommendations regarding Riwaj Bill, which seeks to bring Fata into the mainstream.
As per details, a session of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for States and Frontier Regions’ (Safron) in MNA Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din, with chair. The committee members hailing from tribal areas who supports KP-FATA merger didn’t attended the session.
Safron Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the session that provincial and local bodies elections in Fata will be held in 2018, and asked the committee to reach a final decision on whether to accept or reject the Riwaj bill after Eidul Fitr.
“Holding provincial elections in Fata by 2018 is the only point of concern for the government right now,” Baloch said.
Opposing provincial elections in tribal areas next year, Fata MNA Bismillah Khan said that majority of the tribal people did not want to become a part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Conducting the provincial elections in 2018 would create further problems, added he.
Baloch also criticized major opposition leaders for being complicating Fata reforms issue unnecessarily. “The opponents are sometimes seen with Asif Zardari and other times with Imran Khan,” he concluded.