DIR UPPER - The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has demanded the federal government to merge FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before the 2018 general elections.

Speaking at a party workers gathering at district assembly hall in Dir Upper on Sunday, JI provincial chief said his party wants a real democratic government y and due rights for every citizen in the country.

The chief said that the tribal people had faced many challenges as they were made IDPs in their own country and now the federal government should announce a special monetary package for them, to address their problems.

He said that tribesmen had rendered sacrifices for Pakistan but the governments had ignored them at all phases of development.

Later on, the JI chief also administered oath to the JI newly elected district Chief Hanifullah Khan and asked him to strengthen the party position in the district as well in the region.

At the occasion, Provincial Minister Inayatullah Khan, MNA Sahibzada Tariqullah, District Nazim Sahibzada Fasihullah, Tehsil Dir Nazim Mir Makhzanuddin and others were also present.