ISLAMABAD - Islamic parties are likely to drive more political mileage in future elections in Fata after the PPP-led ruling coalition had announced ambitious reforms programme last month giving tribesmen right to vote. Background discussions with political leaders revealed that Islamic parties including JUI-F and Jamaat-e-Islami would take leading positions in the future elections in Fata as compared to other political parties. According to them, both the parties have strong roots in most parts of Fata and would be better placed in election arena after the federal government had made landmark amendments in centuries-old repressive law - the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) - giving countrys political parties to operate freely in Fata. Sources cited credible evidence that both the major political players were in talks to revive MMA to grab more parliamentary seats from Fata, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces. They were of the view that JUI-F was very well placed in South and North Waziristan Agencies while Jamaat-e-Islami had good gross root followings in Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies. If the elections in Fata are free, fair and transparent, these parties will definitely have upper hand, sources said, adding that main players - the ANP and PPP which have dismal government performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - were rapidly losing public sympathy and support in the province and this trend would have spill-over impact on their activities in the region. Some sources were of the view that since PPP and ANP were coalition partners in the central government, the sitting parliamentarians from Fata might upset the situation in Fata in the next elections. Although they all are lightweight in comparison with candidates of mainstream political parties, hidden government backing to the sitting MNAs from Fata might create a very challenging situation for the candidates to contest elections on party tickets. The Pakistan Tekreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan might also take advantage of the emerging political opportunities in Fata, sources said, adding that since the PTI Chief has family relations with Burkis of Waziristan, Imran Khan might use these connections as his trump card to grab few seats.