ISLAMABAD - The parliamentarians of erstwhile Fata have expressed reservations over delay in finalising modalities of the tribal area’s merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The lawmakers of former Fata have also planned to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan to express their concerns related to delay in the merger process.

The parliament had passed a constitutional amendment to pave the way for the merger of Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over six months (On May 2018).

According to the merger plan, Fata will be granted 16 general seats, four seats for women and one seat for non-Muslims in KP Assembly. Elections to these seats shall be held within one year after the general elections 2018.

Talking to The Nation, lawmaker from ex-Fata Munir Khan Orakzai from opposition benches said the Fata merger into KP was mere an eyewash, as the plan was still not properly implemented.

“Everything is only on papers, as practically no proper steps were taken to bring positive changes,” said Orakzai, mentioning that they were planning to hold meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan to express their concerns.

About the pending cases, he said that courts were not swiftly disposing of pending cases.

About replacing deputy commissioner with political agents, he expressed concerns over the working of DCs. “They (DCs) don’t know how to run the affairs,” he said.

He said that there was no proper change in the area. “Changing the names of the agencies cannot bring any positive change in the lives of residents of the area,” he said.

When contacted, another lawmaker Sajid Toori also expressed concerns over the pending cases in the court in the area. “Old system can be implemented only in the courts to dispose of cases,” Toori said.

He said the internally displaced persons (IDPs) funds have not been released. “IDPs funds should be released without any delay to provide ease,” he said.

Political observers said that proper merger of KP will take some time. “Things cannot be changed only in a year,” they said.

 

MPs resent delay in Fata merger into KP