PESHAWAR, - Awami National Party, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, President Senator Afrasiab Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is incomplete without Fata and this is his party’s mission to merge Fata areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“We want a developed Fata, where education, health and communication facilities are available to the people at their doorsteps. But in the current set-up, it is difficult for Fata people to avail these opportunities. It is need of the hour to merge Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he remarked while addressing a grand jirga of Fata elders held here at Nishtar Hall, Peshawar, on Sunday.

KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Senator Haji Adil, Central Secretary Finance Hashim Babar, leader of Awami National Party for Fata Latif Afridi, tribal leaders, doctors from Fata and hundreds of activists of Pakhtun Student Federation were present on the occasion. Afrasiab Khattak said the resources of this region would be increased manifold and they would be effectively utilised for the people of Fata once this region was merged into KP. He termed the year 2012 was the year of Fata, saying that this year ANP would strive hard to merge Fata into KP and take central government into confidence to introduce administrative reforms. He said talks with federal government would soon be initiated in this connection so that lingering issues could be resolved.

He said the ANP was cursing those who wanted separate province for the people of Fata at the instigation of others, adding that people of Fata culturally and socially could not be de-linked from this province, that was the reason that they were struggling to include it in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He mentioned that certain people were following the agenda of hidden forces and that is why they are chanting slogans for separate province.

Addressing on the occasion, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said due to militancy and terrorism their society has been affected psychologically and now the people are not able to decide their future. He said if Fata was merged into this province, the woman of Fata would also be given representation in the assemblies. Regarding the dialogue with militants, he said the ANP government was still ready for dialogues if militants accepted government writ and laid down arms.

He recalled that ANP accepted all the demands of militants in Malakand division but they did not abide by peace treaties.