PESHAWAR, 13 November: Talks between the lawmakers of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the political parties alliance for postponing the proposed sit-in in Islamabad for merger FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa failed on Friday.
After failure of negotiations, the FATA political alliance leaders have announced that the sit-in on 16 November for the rights of tribal people will go ahead as planned. TNN correspondent Sajid Kokikhel said the tribal lawmakers were represented in the meeting by Al-Haaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Haji Bismillah Khan, Sajjad Orakzai and Momin Khan, while FATA political alliance was represented by its president Akhunzada Chattan, Haroonur Rashid, Shahid Shinwari and Ijaz Mohmand of FATA Lawyers Forum.
The FATA parliamentarians asked the political alliance leaders to postpone their planned sit-in protest in Islamabad till the government committee on FATA reforms submits its proposals. However, the political alliance leaders said they cannot postpone the sit-in now after mobilising the people for merger of FATA with KP and abolishment of the British-era black law of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). They said the committee formed by the government for FATA reforms has no representative from tribal areas.
Akhunzada Chattan told TNN after the meeting that the government committee do not have the mandate of tribal people. He said the FATA lawmakers have decided to stay away from the sit-in protest of FATA political alliance for the rights to tribal people.
“The rally for the rights of FATA people will begin its journey on 16 November from Rashkai on 12:00pm. We will reach D-Chowk in Islamabad at 3:00pm where we will announce our future strategy,” Mr Chattan said.