PESHAWAR, 16 June: The members of treasury and opposition in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday criticised the federal government for delaying merger of FATA with KP.
During the KP Assembly session, the government and opposition benches came hard on the federal government for delaying reforms in the tribal areas. They said the Centre’s strategy of using delaying tactics in implementation of administrative reforms in FATA is beyond their comprehension.
The Awami National Party (ANP) parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak said all the political and religious parties are on one page on the issue of FATA-KP merger. He said FATA should be given representation in the provincial assembly in the 2018 elections. He said the Centre is going to merge FATA with KP, while its control will rest with the governor, which is illogical.
Provincial minister Shah Farman said the federal government is trying to usurp independence of KP in the name of reforms in FATA. He said the Centre is trying to bring a chief minister of its choice in KP through the FATA lawmakers.