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Delay in implementation of Fata reforms protested

KHAR: The activists of Jamaat-i-Islami, Bajaur Agency, on Sunday staged a protest demonstration against the delay in implementation of reforms in tribal areas and threatened to launch an agitation if the colonial era governance system was not replaced with the country`s regular laws within a month.

Besides party workers, the local traders and students also participated in the demonstration held in Inayat Kalley Bazaar. The protesters also chanted slogans against the Frontier Crimes Regulation and the people opposed to the reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

TheInayatKalley-Laghari road remained closed to traffic while traders pulled down shutters of their shops in the bazaar during the demonstration that continuedforoveronehour.

Speaking on the occasion, JI`s provincial deputy chief Haroon Rasheed, Fata chief Sardar Khan and local leader Qari Abdul Majeed showed their dismay over the delay in announcing the reforms package, which was recommended by the Fata reforms committee several months ago.

They said that the people were fed up with the current system because of the misuse of FCR by the political administration of ficials.

They said that the federal government was not interested to implement any changes in the current governance system in the region.

The speakers claimed that majority of Fata people were in favour of the reforms and those opposing changes in the present governance system had nothing to do with tribal areas.

They demanded of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to fulfil his commitment of introducing reforms in Fata according to the wishes of the tribal people so they could get their due rights under the regular laws of the country. The JI leaders also showed concern over suspension of work on BajaurMohmand road and called for completion of the project without out any further delay. Correspondent