PESHAWAR, 18 November: Rejecting the proposal of Fata parliamentarians regarding merger of Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), a tribal jirga, held here on Wednesday, asked the federal government to either establish Fata council or a separate province for the people of tribal areas.

The jirga termed the proposal of the Fata parliamentarians as an attempt to blackmail the government and get a ministry for themselves.

Speaking on the occasion PMLN senior vice president for Fata Sardar Azam Afridi and other elders said the sit-in by some political parties in Islamabad was a flop show. The tribal people have rejected the proposal of the Fata parliamentarians by not participating in the sit-in, they said. They alleged that the Fata parliamentarians were playing with the future of the tribesmen and they would resist any move which threatened their centuries old jirga system.

The speakers termed the FCR a black law and asked the federal government to abolish all the disputed clauses of the regulations which are against basic human rights through the 22nd Amendment.

Mr. Afridi also apprised the jirga that the KP governor had assured them that any step regarding introduction reforms in Fata would be taken after thorough consultation with the tribal people and elders.

They asked the KP governor not to take any decision regarding reforms in Fata until the IDPs are returned and settled in their respective areas.



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