The first ever historic polling for election of 16 seats of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly was conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner in the seven tribal districts and former frontier regions. Seven independent candidates, five from PTI, two from JUI (F) and one each from ANP and JI made it to the provincial legislature. It is pertinent to mention that the leadership of JUI (F) opposed FATA merger tooth and nail to the last minute and did not vote for the legislation in the parliament that paved the way for its merger. But the party bagged two seats of the Provincial Assembly which is not less than a bonanza for the Central Amir of JUI Maulan Fazlu Rehman who lost his seat in his hometown of DI Khan in elections of 2018.
The election of lawmakers of the provincial legislature from the tribal districts is a watershed in the history of these areas as it is a big leap forward for their mainstreaming. Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Shah Farman has rightly said that the newly elected representatives of the tribal districts will be instrumental on time and judicious utilisation of allocated and released financial resources for the socioeconomic uplift of the people by fast tracking the implementation of development projects in health education, agriculture and roads infrastructure. Both the federal and provincial government will make coordinated efforts for the implementation 10 years development plan of Rs.100 billion. In the NFC award 3 percent share of financial resources shall be earmarked each year for the uplift of tribal districts which lag far behind the settled areas of the province. It will be the real test of honesty and sagacity of the newly elected members of the provincial assembly how best they serve the masses in their respective constituencies.