Tribal elders scuffling at a meeting called for FATA reforms in Peshawar. – Photo by Asif Javed

PESHAWAR, 2 December: Rumpus was witnessed at a meeting for reforms in FATA in Peshawar when the tribal elders and youth exchanged hot words on Friday.

The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) had organised a meeting at a local hotel where the FATA lawmakers, political agents, students and tribal elders were invited to present their viewpoint.

At the start of the meeting, tribal elder Malik Khan Marjan spoke in favour of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). The pro-FCR speech did not go well with the students who started chanting slogans of ‘Go FCR Go’. Some elders even scuffled at the meeting.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, who was chief guest at the meeting, had to leave the venue without addressing the meeting.

The FATA parliamentarians while talking to TNN alleged that the FATA Secretariat and political administration had invited tribal elders to Peshawar under a conspiracy to create rumpus in the meeting.

Member National Assembly from FATA Shahabuddin Khan said he was expecting a positive discussion at the meeting but the FATA Secretariat created ruckus.

“They had called people opposing the lawmakers. Such people were invited to the meeting who don’t want a separate province but FCR,” he said.