JI threatens govt of lockdown, sit-in

ISLAMABAD –  Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Senator Sirajul Haq, while giving deadline of December 31st to the government for the merger of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said that otherwise his party along with the residents of the tribal areas would stage a permanent sit-in and would lockdown government offices, president’s and prime minister’s houses and would bring the government machinery to a standstill.

He made these announcements at the conclusion of a three-day long march at China Chowk Islamabad.

Several hundred party workers and residents of the Fata from almost all the agencies listened to the JI chief in torrential rain.

They even closed their umbrellas during the rain to show their commitment to the cause of bringing the Fata at par with the rest of the country.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah also addressed the participants of the long march on the special request of Amir JI Sirajul Haq and vowed to stand with the people of the Fata and their cause of getting their due rights through thick and thin.

The JI amir said that they would no more accept the delaying tactics being adopted by the government in early announcement of the Fata reforms and its merger with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

He made it clear that if things were not put in the right frame by December 31st, the JI would stage a sit-in in the federal capital and would establish a tent-village till the acceptance of their demands.

The JI amir however said that their protest would be peaceful and they would not create any sort of problem like blocking of roads and interchanges for general public.

Haq recalled that a sit-in staged by his predecessor late Qazi Hussain Ahmad led to the dislodging of the then government.

He warned the rulers to give due right to the people of the Fata and stop playing with their patience.

The long march for securing the due rights of the Fata started three days ago from Peshawar and after addressing at various places on its route it culminated in Islamabad Tuesday afternoon.

The JI amir said that they would not create any trouble for general public but would not let the government department function and would lockdown even the Prime Minister’s and President’s houses and would force the rulers to accept the genuine demands of the Fata residents.

The government last Monday had dropped the Fata reforms bill from the agenda of the National Assembly, which had infuriated not only the people of the Fata but all the opposition parties were on boycott of the National Assembly proceedings in protest and wanted the passage of reforms bill at the earliest.

Senator Haq said that the people of the tribal areas wanted the laws, which were in vogue in rest of the country and concrete steps should be taken for their wellbeing as they had been suffering since the creation of the country.

He also demanded share of the Fata in the CPEC-related projects as in the ongoing war on terror the area was devastated and needed refurbishment of the whole infrastructure.

The senator made it clear that the draconian laws such as the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) could not be tolerated anymore.

Earlier in his address, Leader of Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said that his party would standby the Fata people in getting their due rights and said that those areas should be merged with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that in the present-day world where the states were shrinking and dividing down to smaller units the people of the Fata wanted to become part of Pakistan but it was beyond his comprehension as to why the government was showing reluctance to introduce reforms in these areas which were devastated by the menace of terrorism.

Shah said that his party was standing by the just cause of the people of the Fata and would extend all sort of support to them in getting their due rights.


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