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Zcomms Daily Brief Wednesday, November 23, 2016

KP-FATA merger not a distant dream

ISLAMABAD: The merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) may not be a distant dream anymore as discussions on FATA reforms culminated with the majority of members supporting this move while suggesting ways to make the transition as smooth as possible. Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz suggested that the people of FATA should be provided with the opportunity to elect their representatives for the provincial assembly in the general election 2018, as they should not have to wait five more years till the next election. The Nation

He further said the FATA issue has been lingering for over two decades and now finally popular support has urged that the tribal area no longer faces exclusion from the progress of the rest of the country.

 Delay in FATA-KP merger resented

Ghalanai: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) provincial chief Mushtaq Khan has demanded of the federal government to merge FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without any further delay. He stated that the draconian FCR was the only reason behind backwardness of the tribal areas.  Daily Mashriq 

 “The government should immediately repeal the FCR and merge the Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The government should also give representation to the people of Fata in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly,” the JI leader demanded. Daily Aaj  

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