FATA Reforms Bill: Opposition walks out over government failure to table bill in NA

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in national assembly once again staged a walkout from the proceedings on Thursday, as the government was failed to put FATA Reforms Bill on the agenda in yet another sessions.

The members point out the quorum and Speaker, Ayaz Sadiq postponed the session. Following the walkout of Pakistan Peoples Party, other opposition parties also walked out of the session.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the government remains committed to implement the FATA reforms. He added that the FATA reforms will be implemented as per the wishes of the tribesmen.

He demanded some more time for tabling the bill in the assembly and promised that the people of FATA will be given their due rights.

PPP’s Naveed Qamar lamented that the FATA Reforms Bill was “dropped from the [NA] agenda overnight” and demanded that the government present the bill in the assembly.

The issue of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas’ (FATA) merger with KP is one of the pending matters for the incumbent government and has dominated the political discourse of the country in recent weeks.

The recommendations to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2, but the matter has been delayed since then.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also recently assured delegations from FATA that the Pakistan Army fully supports mainstreaming of the region in line with aspirations of tribal brothers.