PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) Central President Asfandyar Wali Khan Tuesday congratulated tribesmen, supporting merger of Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for a successful sit-in in Islamabad, which, according to him, paved the way for an end to outdated Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and reforming of the system.
In a press release issued here on Tuesday, Asfandyar Wali Khan said that the successful protest rally make it possible to compel the federal government for accepting the longstanding demands of ANP, tribal people and other leading political forces for merger of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that so far the government has assured of honouring tribesmen demands regarding extension of Peshawar High Court jurisdiction to all seven tribal agencies and six Frontier Regions and giving representation to tribesmen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in 2018 general elections. Both the assurances, the ANP chief said is in according to long standing wishes of tribesmen.
The ANP chief hoped that federal government will immediately go ahead with FATA reforms which including early abolishing of British colonial rulers inherited FRC laws, giving due legal, constitutional and basic merge the semi-autonomous northwestern region with the rest of the country, and human rights to tribesmen who were badly affected in last 70 years. In this respect, he praised stalwarts and workers of PPP, PTI, JI and other parties along with ANP for this successful sit in protest at Islamabad.
Asfandyar Wali Khan recalled, “ANP was struggling for political, administrative, legal and security reforms in the tribal region since 90s. ANP has a very clear policy on KP-FATA merger and will continue to raise voice in support of the tribal people.” He urged the federal government and members of both Upper and Lower houses to go for early constitutional amendments which according to him is essential for filling the vacuum erupted with devastating of traditional jirga’s and rich tribal traditions in last four decades.