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Govt not sincere about Fata reforms: tribal MNA

By Our Correspondent 2017-06-14
LANDI KOTAL: The new parliamentary leader of six independent tribal MNAs, Nasir Khan Afridi, has said that federal government is not sincere in bringing reforms in Fata.

He said that he would not agree to merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or implementation of the proposed Rewaj Act till Fata was considered an integral part of the country.

Speaking at an Iftar party, hosted for local journalists in Bara on Monday, he said that all his colleagues were unanimous in their opposition to the controversial Rewaj Act. There was no room for its implementation in tribal areas after the proposed merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added.

Mr Afridi said that he along with his colleagues in National Assembly would fightfor constitutional rights of tribal people and would make sure that nothing was imposed on them against their will.

The MNA said that federal government was not sincere in bringing reforms in tribal areas. He said that his group would not allow Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mahmood Khan Achaluai to get personal and political benefits from Fata reforms package.

He said that both the leaders had right to oppose or back any legislation for Fata but they should exercise their democratic right within the democratic limitations and not at the cost of denying people of Fata their legitimate legal and constitutional rights.

`We reject Rewaj Act as it is more dangerous than Frontier Crimes Regulation.

We will not allow its passage from National Assembly,` said Mr Afridi. He added that they would oppose FCR at all forums as it had denied all basic human rights to the people of Fata.