PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said that the residents of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas had a number of grievances that needed urgent attention, adding security check posts in the tribal agencies should be decreased, and landmines removed as being demanded by the locals.

“I would request the army to reduce these check posts and remove landmines,” he said, while addressing workers convention here on Wednesday.

Acknowledging the grief of the families with missing members, Imran said such families were in agony and sorrow and their grievances needed to be heard.

The PTI chief promised to put agonies of the people of the Fata before Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Khan also stated that he would request the army chief to slash the number of check posts and initiate probe to get the missing persons recovered.

“Houses of Fata residents were damaged in the military operations. Moreover, the tribal people have suffered a lot in the past,” Khan said.

He said that the first step of his government after coming into power in the upcoming general elections would be to ensure the merger of the Fata with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Imran Khan said that the Fata residents had various grievances that needed urgent attention, and the Fata’s merger with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would resolve them to some extent because it would ensure the development of the tribal areas.

He also assured that the jurisdictions of the Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court would be extended to the Fata in six months, if the PTI was voted to power in the centre in the next general elections.

Khan also said that the PTI had started preparations for the elections and would end deprivation of Fata residents for good.

“[The] Fata is blessed with immense natural resources, which would be utilised efficiently,” he said.

The PTI chief further said that a special development fund was needed for the schools and for provision of other basic facilities in the Fata that had been destroyed as a result of 15 years of war.

He said that the Fata would be given representation in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

The PTI chief also said that the existing permit system would be abolished in the Fata.

He vowed to end all types of taxes imposed on Fata residents.

While terming unemployment the biggest problem of the Fata, Khan said that the PTI would conduct local body elections in the Fata soon after gaining power.

He also apprised attendants that it was Mahmood Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rahman who opposed the Fata merger and bringing reforms in the tribal areas.

Imran Khan said holding of local government elections in the Fata was vital for bringing development at the grassroots level in the tribal region.

He said that Fata residents deserved more representation in the National Assembly.

The PTI chief said the FCR law would be abolished in the Fata to ensure fundamental rights to the tribesmen.

Shehbaz Sharif should be ashamed of himself when he talks about loans, as all progress of Shehbaz Sharif has occurred only in advertisements, he criticised.

Keeping up the verbal onslaught against the ruling PML-Nawaz, Imran Khan forecasted that Nawaz Sharif would end up in Adiala Jail.