There is a complete consensus of the federal and provincial governments for merging Federally Administrated Tribal Areas with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. This is confirmed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The high-level implementation committee established for this matter was making sure that all legal, constitutional and administrative matters are resolved as per the Constitution and the law.
The premier said, “The government has adopted a go-slow policy on the Fata merger with the KP as coalition partners – the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazal and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party – have reservations over the package finalized by the government. The government plans to hold further consultations on the Fata reforms package to evolve a consensus before its implementation.”
Aftab Sherpao Chief of Qaumi Watan Party says that the government is delaying the merger and thus losing its credibility. He said that after all major stakeholders have agreed to the merger so it’s a “settled issue” now. He was sarcastic about the government not able to convince its own allies that are JUI-F and the PkMAP. Expecting others to accept the verdict while not being able to convince your own allies is a failure of the present government.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ally is against the merger. He said that the merger is a fraud with tribal area people.
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FATA currently is a semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan. Federal government directly controls it via a special set of laws called the Frontier Crimes Regulations.
PM Pakistan Abbasi said that federal and provincial government are dedicated to merge FATA with KPK to ensure its development and growth.