Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017
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Federation does unnecessary politics over FATA merger issue: Khattak

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Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak has alleged that the federal government is doing unnecessary politics over the issue of FATA merger with KPK.

If the federal government was serious about the FATA reforms, this issue could be resolved through a presidential ordinance, said Khattak in a statement after meetings with FATA Political Alliance and Khyber Agency elders in Chief Minister House, Peshawar on Wednesday.

“FATA merger with KP was a matter of just few days, which could be resolved through an ordinance”.

Tribal people pay huge sums under the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) for long time. Now they want to come out of this exploitation, he said.

The provincial government took various steps for the merger of the tribal areas with KP, including Apex Committee meetings. We wrote letters to the Prime Minister and Army Chief also, he added.

Federal government was initially ready for the FATA merger with KP and expanding the adjudication of Peshawar High Court into the tribal areas, but the displeasure of one politician created hurdles in FATA reforms.

CM urged the tribal elders for unity on the issue and to work closely. He said that the Federal government has no objection on the merger but is concerned on RS 1 billion package, to be released each year. The denial of the federal government for this package threatens the national unity, Khattak warned.

PTI support the FATA merger with KP, abolition of FCR, the rights of the tribal people on provincial level, ten years development package and their representation in provincial assembly demands, Khattak concluded.

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