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- Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The Fata Civil Society Network has asked the government to give proper representation to tribal women in parliament and provincial assemblies by taking proactive steps for provision of adequate facilities to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Fata.


Speaking at a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, the Network’s coordinator Ghani-ur-Rehman Afridi said the amendments made to the Frontier Crimes Regulation in 2011 were not sufficient to mitigate the suffering of tribal people, yet he termed it a welcoming step. He, however, said tribal people were not fully benefitting from the amendments due to their improper implementation.


Flanked by Fata Democratic Movement president Raees Noraat Afridi, Tribal NGOs Consortium chairman Zar Ali Khan and tribal elders, Ghani-ur-Rehman Afridi said the government had also extended the Political Parties Act to the tribal region under Fata Reforms Policy in 2002, and it would help Fata population exercise their right to vote in upcoming elections.


He said women of Fata had not been given representation in the parliament and provincial assemblies. He demanded the government to give proper representation to the tribal women in legislative assemblies as per their population ratio. He also demanded imposition of press & publication and drug acts in Fata.


The CSO activist asked the government to provide adequate food items and other livelihood facilities at the makeshift camps inhabited by those who had been uprooted from tribal region. He also demanded proper arrangements for their repatriation.


“Despite mass displacement of tribal people, the government has not given IDPs’ status to many affectees, creating hurdles for them in receiving facilities at the camps,” he added.


He also criticised the statement of Interior Minister Rehman Malik about sealing of the Torkham border and said the move was aimed at dividing Pakhtuns on both sides of the border.