Oct. 9 set deadline for FATA reforms

 
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Peshawar, Sept 25 (TNS): Tribesmen, elders, parliamentarians and political parties favouring FATA reforms Monday set October 9 as the deadline date for federal government to finalize the roadmap for the implementation of the reforms.

The tribesmen also threatened of a sit-in in Islamabad in case the demand wasn’t met.

A public meeting was held today in Khyber Agency’s Tehsil Bara Barqambarkhel where the parliamentarians belonging to FATA gave government the deadline for finalising the implementation roadmap.

The members said that if the government failed to give a practical roadmap for merging FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other reforms before the deadline, a sit-in will be held in Islamabad by the tribal people and the parties in the favour of the reforms.

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) member from FATA Shahabuddin urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to not be ‘blackmailed’ by Maulana Fazl ur-Rehman and told him that he could win the hearts of the people of FATA by merging the tribal areas with KP.

The orators at the public meeting said that more delaying tactics would not be acceptable to them.