JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq. - A file photo

MARDAN: The chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) Maulana Samiul Haq said on Wednesday that the federal government was depriving millions of FATA people of their rights to appease tis two allies.

Talking to TNN after the provincial Shura meeting of the party, the JUI-S chief said the Parliament formed a committee for reforms in FATA headed by Sartaj Aziz which visited all parts of FATA after which the tribal population and political parties agreed on the formula of merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the JUI-S also supports abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and merger of FATA with KP. He demanded the government to bring FATA into the national mainstream without further delay.

“The rights of millions of FATA people have been usurped as the government is not implementing reforms in the tribal areas. We want mainstreaming of FATA and introduction of reforms without further delay,” he told TNN.