PESHAWAR - All FATA Political Alliance has demanded of the government that FATA Reforms Committee (FRC) should take relevant stakeholders on board in its ongoing consultation process.

They vowed to continue their struggle till complete removal of Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) in FATA.

While speaking at a news conference, after a meeting of alliance, at press club here on Thursday, the Alliance and also PPP’s FATA chapter President, Akhundzada Chattan said that the committee constituted by prime minister and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to prepare a draft of reforms in FATA has failed in its task. However, he said if members of the FATA alliance are properly invited they would participate in future meetings to present their stance.

The meeting unanimously nominated Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader, Iqbal Afridi as president and Jamaat-e-Islami Zarnoor Afriid as general secretary of the FATA Political Alliance, while decision would be made about remaining office bearers later on.

The JI FATA chapter President, Zarnoor Afridi, ANP Nisar Mohmand, PTI Iqbal Afridi, Maulana Ainuddin of JUI-F, Aftab Khan of PML-Q, and Zahir Shah Safi of QWP participated in the meeting.

“We want peace, stability and development in FATA, Chattan said. He viewed that peace cannot be restored with mere military operations, but government should also take serious steps for returning normalcy and development in FATA.

He demanded Rs 500 billion package for reconstruction and development in tribal region.

Besides, Iqbal Afridi vowed they would intensify the efforts for abolishment of Frontier Crime Regulations, and would announce future course of action very soon. He criticized that the FATA Reforms Committee had ignored the alliance in its ongoing reforms process in FATA. He called for taking the alliance, students, and tribesmen elders on board in the reforms process.

“We cannot accept any reforms, proposed by officials of FATA and governor secretariat’s and political administration,” Afridi said.

He said if the government and committee are serious in bringing reforms in FATA; it should consult with members of the alliance, tribal elders, students, and youth.

Zarnoor Afridi stressed the need for abolishment of FCR and merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said the tribal people were deprived of better health and education facilities, while tribal region was turned into rubble. Chattan called for extension of jurisdiction of superior courts to FATA, and to amend the Article 247 of the constitution to ensure all basic human right to tribal people.

He called upon the government to merge FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and supported the bill presented by FATA parliamentarians in this regard. He said it was dire need of hour to completely abolish FCR. He demanded the holding of local bodies’ election in FATA, and amending the Article 247 of Constitution regarding the tribal region.