PESHAWAR - Chairman Quami Watan Party (QWP), Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, on Sunday asked the federal government to hold local bodies’ elections in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Speaking at a press conference here, he said that the federal government should implement the Fata reforms in letter and spirit to bring tribal people into the mainstream of life and said his party would soon set up its organisations in Fata.

On the occasion, Awami National Party leaders Abdur Rahim Afridi, Haider Khan, Amjad Afridi, Shaukat Khan, Zarmat Khan and others hailing from Khyber Agency announced to join the QWP along with their scores of supporters.

They reposed confidence in the leadership of Sherpao and vowed to strengthen the party in Khyber Agency. QWP provincial head Sikandar Sherpao and other party leaders were also present on the occasion.

Aftab Sherpao asked the government to announce a special package for Fata to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country. The QWP leader called upon the international community to come forward and help Pakhtuns get access to education, health and other amenities of life as they have been facing troubles for the last 30 years.

He said that a step-motherly attitude was being meted out to the Pakhtuns. He stressed the government to provide facilities to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Fata as they were living under squalid conditions at the camps.

Sherpao said the tribesmen had rendered matchless sacrifices for the restoration of peace so the government should compensate them for the losses they have suffered. He said he would soon visit the camps set up for the IDPs to express solidarity with the dislocated people and keep the authorities abreast of their woes. “The aid is being distributed among the blue-eyed persons only, but the have-nots have been ignored,” he said.

The QWP leader said his party believed in serving the Pakhtuns irrespective of their political affiliations. He said the tribal people would not be abandoned and his party would stand by them through thick and thin.

He said the provincial government had failed to secure the arrears of the net hydel profits from the Centre. He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government was promoting “street justice” by urging the youth on blocking the Nato supplies passing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He took the plea that breaking the seal of the vehicles carrying goods to the Afghanistan-based Nato troops was violation of the international law and UN resolutions.

Sherpao said cases should be registered against those instigating the youngsters to take law into their hand by disrupting Nato supplies. “The PTI has failed to achieve the desired results and is looking for excuse to extricate itself from the situation,” he remarked.