PESHAWAR, 6 November: A seminar on future of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was organised at the University of Peshawar on Thursday.

Former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Ayaz Wazir, teachers, students and media persons attended the event which was organised at the Area Study Centre of the university.

Speakers said on the occasion that there are three main proposals to end the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) law from FATA. They said these proposals include merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, giving FATA the status of a separate province and establishment of a separate FATA Council. They said the government should hold a referendum in the tribal areas to ascertain the opinion of the local population before making any decision on the future of the region.

The speakers said an awareness campaign about rights of the tribal people should also be carried out for at least three months in FATA before holding the referendum.

Renowned columnist Alamgir Afridi, who also attended the seminar, told TNN that the role of tribal maliks (elders) will come to an end after FATA merger with KP or becoming a separate province.

“Under the reforms, the FATA people will get their constitutional rights. The tribal people will decide their future through their elected representatives,” Mr Afridi said.

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