KP Governor Shah Farman

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman has made it clear that the tribal areas have been merged with KP and if anyone has doubt in this regard then he should remove it.

In an interview, Shah Farman said some people are opposing reforms in the tribal districts to protect their own privileges and interests, but the government will keep collective interest of the people in mind while making decisions.

The governor said the reforms have been implemented in the tribal areas and the decision of merger cannot be reversed. He said the government will never compromise on development and rights of the people of the tribal districts. In this regard, he said, the government has decided to continue tax exemption and quota of jobs and admissions for the people of the tribal districts. He said the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) has communicated to all the colleges and universities to restore the admission quota of the students from the tribal districts.

Shah Farman said 90 percent administrative merger process has been completed and most of the departments of the tribal districts are now under the control of the KP chief minister. He said the Fata Secretariat and Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) will also be abolished and handed over to the provincial government within a month.

The governor said the police and courts system will also be extended to the tribal districts and the reservations of the tribal elders in this regard will be addressed through talks. He assured that the jobs of the Levies and Khassadar personnel will remain secure and policemen will be appointed from all the tribal districts.

He said provincial elections in the tribal districts will be held in April.