BANNU, 18 October: A Grand Jirga of elders from all the tribal agencies of FATA on the future status of the region was held in Bannu on Saturday.
The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai was special guest at the Jirga which was organised in Bannu Township. Other party leaders and tribal elders from Bajaur to South Waziristan attended the Jirga.
Former federal minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi said on the occasion that the tribal people want establishment of a separate province or council instead of merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“A representative body of the FATA people should be formed with a suitable name which should be given the authority to decide the future status of FATA,” Mr Afridi said. He said only the representatives of FATA should have the right to decide the fate of the region.
The PkMAP chief while addressing the Jirga said his party will stand shoulder to shoulder with the tribal population regarding on this issue.
“The tribal representatives from Waziristan to Bajaur will decide their future and no one else has this right,” Mr Achakzai said. He suggested that the tribal people should elect the governor through ballot to enable them to make their decisions.
The PkMAP chief said Pakistan should promote friendly relations with Afghanistan as war cannot be solution to any problem.
It was the first visit of the PkMAP chief to Bannu after the initiation of operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.