Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Sirajul Haq. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 20 October: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer Sirajul Haq has asked the federal government to provide constitutional and basic human rights to the people of tribal areas.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Monday, the JI chief said even after 68 years of independence, the residents of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are still deprived of their basic rights. He said the people of tribal areas had been loyal to Pakistan and offered countless sacrifices despite being kept deprived of their rights.

He said that the government  needs to make constitutional reforms for FATA and  merge tribal areas with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. He asked the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to repatriate the displaced people of FATA to their native areas at the earliest. The JI chief said a protest will be held at D-Chowk in Islamabad for the rights of FATA people on 29 October.

Recently, the tribal parliamentarians submitted FATA Reforms Bill in the National Assembly which seeks provision of basic rights to tribal people, abolition of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) law and merger of FATA with KP etc.

Siraj said an all parties conference will also be called on 2 November to express support for the FATA Reforms Bill.

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