PESHAWAR - A grand tribal jirga held under the auspices of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Sunday asked the federal government to revoke Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) within next two months otherwise the tribesmen would march on Islamabad.

The jirga also demanded immediate merger of Fata with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, as well as arrangements for a census and elections of the local bodies in the tribal belt.

Several resolutions were passed in the jirga, calling for amendments in Section 247 of the constitution, which prohibits the National Assembly to legislate for Fata without prior consent of the President.

The jirga also stressed for extension of the constitution and the jurisdictions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court to Fata.

JI Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq chaired the jirga, while local leadership of various political parties, including QWP, ANP, PML-N, PTI, JUI-F and PPP also attended the event.

The jirga suggested that tribesmen should be empowered to make their decisions through tribal jirga system and Islamic Shariah.

A resolution also stressed the federal government to announce a package of Rs10 billion for rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged homes, schools and hospitals in Fata.

Another resolution demanded quality education for people of Fata through a net of schools, colleges and universities.

Standard health facilities were also mentioned as a fundamental right of the people of Fata.

Speaking on this occasion, Sirajul Haq announced that the federal government had only two months to decide the fate of FCR, otherwise they will march on Islamabad.

Tribal people have been confined through the black law, FCR, which is regrettable, Siraj said, adding that on the one-side tribesmen have been kept deprived of their basic rights while on the other hand, they are presented as terrorists and drug dealers in the media.

Tribal people want abolishment of the FCR and merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and the government must act according to their aspirations, he said.

Tribal people are as patriotic as those living in Islamabad or Lahore, thus, time has come for bringing them into the main stream politics, Siraj insisted.

He alleged that certain elements within the tribesmen who benefitted from the existent system were demanding a referendum over the future political status of Fata.

Holding of referendum is an unpopular demand, as tribesmen want integration with people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, he said, asking the federal government to implement the decisions of Fata Reforms Committee immediately in the best national interest.