PESHAWAR - Activists of FATA Students’ Federation (FSF) on Tuesday regretted the non-implementation of reforms made in FCRs, and demanded more amendments in the century old colonial law.

To commemorate the first ever foundation day of the Federation, the tribal students leaders said that human rights were being violated and hundreds of thousands of tribals were deprived of the their due rights by the political authorities. The political administrators in all the seven agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were taking support of draconian FCR law.

Notables among those spoken on the occasion included Haroon Luqman Afridi, Central President FSF, Taj Mehal Afridi, Waheedullah, Khalid Ayub, Shahab Khattak, and a tribal elder.

“There is no law to preserve the basic human rights of the tribal people including women and children, the FSF leaders alleged and lamented that they have been spending their lives as slaves since 1901 on their own land.

He also alleged that the high-ups in FATA were enjoying their rule to oppress and suppress the peaceful tribesmen due to the law enforced in the region.

They asked the government to end the merciless powers of the political administration and repeal the British law to provide the basic right of living to more than 80 million tribesmen.

They maintained that peace in FATA could be restored only after external elements withdraw from the region.

In the ongoing military operations against miscreants in the tribal belt, on one hand killed tribesmen and also compelled the rest to leave their homes, while on the other they were deprived of the basic facilities at the makeshift camps, as were provided to the IDPs of Malakand Division.

They demanded of the federal government to bring the tribal belt into the mainstream by repealing FCR, and provide basic facilities including health and education to the misplaced tribals.