Akbar Ali

BARA: Former Member National Assembly and leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Akhunzada Chattan has said no decision about the tribal districts will be acceptable without taking the local elected members of the provincial assembly into confidence.

Talking to media persons at Bara Press Club in Khyber tribal district on Saturday, Akhunzada Chattan said the courts of all the judges for the tribal districts must be shifted to the respective areas and all the promises made with the tribal people at the time of merger should be fulfilled. He said the Khassadar and Levies personnel in the tribal districts must be given all facilities and privileges like other forces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The former lawmaker alleged that the KP government was planning to usurp the mineral resources of the tribal districts, which will never be allowed. He said the first official visit from the KP cabinet to the tribal district came from the mineral resources minister, which raised eyebrows. He said that in the given circumstances when a large number of educational institutions, healthcare centers and other places were badly damaged during the militancy and military operations, the visits of education, health and law ministers to the tribal districts hold importance. However, he said, the visit of the mineral resources minister ahead of them is beyond comprehension.

Akhunzada Chattan said the provincial government should hold provincial elections in the tribal districts without delay. He said the provincial representatives of the tribal districts will be in a better positon to make decisions about their areas once they reach to the legislative assembly.

The PPP leader also criticised KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai for doing anything for the journalists of tribal districts. He said the provincial information minister has not visited any press club of the tribal districts so far and he is least interested in resolving the problems of the tribal journalists.

Akhunzada Chattan according to the policy of his party supported the merger of erstwhile Fata with KP, however, he is strongly critical of the government strategy of implementation of reforms. He is also in strong support of giving police powers to Levies and Khassadars.

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