Leaders of political parties participating in a seminar on FATA reforms in Jamrud Press Club on Tuesday. Photo by Sajid Ali Kokikhel.

JAMRUD, 20 October: Local leaders of various political parties from Khybr Agency supported the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtukhwa province and demanded of the government to abolish Frontier Crime Regulations (FCR) in a seminar held here in Jamrud Press Club on Tuesday. The seminar was organized by Jamrud Press Club in collaboration of  South Asian Partnership (SAP) .

Leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F), National Party (NP) participated in the seminar.

The speakers stressed on the abolition of FCR saying it had deprived the people of FATA from their basic rights enjoyed by the citizens of rest of Pakistan. They said that the residents of FATA should be given a chance to decide the fate of tribal areas by themselves instead of imposing decisions on them from outside.

Political parties asked tribesmen to participate in the proposed  protest on October 29 outside the parliament house in Islamabad  to support FATA reforms bill submitted by tribal parliamentarians in the National Assembly.

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