PESHAWAR, 16 September: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer Sirajul Haq said on Friday that FATA should be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before the 2018 general elections.

Talking to a delegation of the FATA Political Alliance leaders at Markaz-e-Islami in Peshawar, the JI chief appreciated the efforts of the alliance for reforms in the tribal areas. He said the reforms process in FATA is the outcome of sacrifices of tribal people for the country.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Sirajul Haq said the JI agrees with most of the recommendations of the FATA Reforms Committee. However, he said the JI wants merger of FATA with KP within two years instead of proposed 10 years’ time. He said the bureaucracy of FATA should be shifted from FATA Secretariat to the KP Secretariat because some bureaucrats may impede the process of reforms in the tribal areas for personal gains.

The JI chief also demanded establishment of university, medical college and women college in FATA. He said population census should also be carried out in FATA without further delay.

Siraj expressed concern over blockage of computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of Pakistani citizens, particularly in FATA. He warned that the JI activists will stage a sit-in in front of the NADRA headquarters in Islamabad if the blocked identity cards were not re-issued by October.