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- Thursday, May 10, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: A tribal elder of Khyber Agency, Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi, claimed on Wednesday that almost 95 percent people in the tribal agencies had rejected the recent resolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seeking tribal representation in the provincial assembly.


Talking to reporters, he demanded a separate province “Qabailistan” for tribal people as it was the only solution to the prevailing sense of deprivation among them.Afridi said it would be difficult for the tribal people to survive if their areas were merged with the settled areas or given representation in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.


Enumerating the sacrifices rendered by the tribal people in the past, he said they were peace-loving and wanted rights within the framework of the Constitution, but were being meted out step-motherly treatment. The establishment of Qabailistan, he added, was the demand of every tribesman as their population had crossed 10.5 million.“Tribal people have no identity, youths have no jobs, rate of poverty is high in the region, and they lack even basic necessities of life,” he said.