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May 18, 2018

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PTI urges govt to merge Fata with KP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf parliamentary party met here Thursday to ask the government to immediately get passed from the Parliament the constitutional amendment on merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who had summoned the hurriedly-called meeting, chaired the forum and took stock of the related issues and noted with concern that the government had delayed the merger just to please its allies. Both JUI-F and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party are fiercely opposed to merger of Fata with KP without having nod from the tribal people. Even Maulana Fazl said that the proposed merger was a foreign agenda.

According to PTI Central Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry, the meeting made it clear that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, JUI-F and PkMAP Chairman Mehmood khan Achakzai were mainly responsible for whatever losses the people of the tribal areas had borne hitherto.

The forum said that Fata’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and reforms in the tribal belt are key part of the PTI’s manifesto and it would not compromise on it come what may.

Fawad said that the meeting emphasised that the proposal of merger was floated by PTI in 2016 and it was imperative to translate to into reality, as this would empower people of Fata in terms of administration and related financial matters.

The meeting decided to propose improvement in the proposed constitutional amendment and would push for Fata’s complete merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PTI MNAs and senators called on the government not to further delay the merger.

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