PESHAWAR The provincial government is mulling over a plan to change status of Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) and merge these into settled areas, besides including most of FATA areas into Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. According to sources, for changing current status of FATA and PATA the provincial government has sent its recommendations to the centre including Ministry of Interior and Ministry of SAFRON citing growing terrorism as main reason for the decision. According to the recommendations, all PATA areas will be merged into settled areas including Kala Dhaka and Malakand division which will raise the number of districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Kala Dhaka had already been given status of a district thus raising the number of districts to 25 although it was still part of PATA whereas it has been recommended to include all PATA areas into Mardan and Malakand division. The provincial government has also recommended including most of the FATA areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the second phase. Last year the ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan had demanded of the govt to make FATA part of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (then NWFP). The debate to stretch KPs boundaries to cover the tribal areas had been going on since last year with some parties advocating the integration while others are of the opinion that the people of FATA should have the right to decide their status.