PESHAWAR: The Frontier Crimes Regulation has become a story of the past as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Sunday approved the KP-Fata merger bill and paved way for the merger of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) with the province.
The bill was passed with two-thirds majority — a Constitutional prerequisite for the proposed merger whereas 92 lawmakers voted in favour while seven MPAs against the bill.
Following the provincial assembly’s approval, the landmark bill will make seven agencies and six Frontier Regions part of KP.
The areas have been merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that will enable tribal people to get representation in the KP Assembly through the amendment. The approval bring an end to the system based on oppression and injustice as draconian British era regulations have been abolished.
KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak asked the opponents of the bill to unite with those in favour. He said that the local bodies elections will be held in Fata this year, whereas the general elections will be held next year.
Workers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam including those from Fata gathered outside the KP assembly since early morning and staged protest demonstration.
They also pelted stones at the policemen forcing them to resort to baton charge and tear gas them. Dozens of workers were arrested.
The police had managed to control the workers and clear them from the entrance to the assembly building
They threatened to not let the Fata merger bill approved and chanted as they started burning tires on the road leading to the assembly.
District administration and the police had persistently tried to convince the protesters to vacate the area in front of the main entrance and continue their protest outside the back gate of the assembly. The protesters also pelted media vehicles with stones and injured several journalists.