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‘Tribesmen want separate province’

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Tribesmen are united to abolish the century old law, Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) from Federally Administer Tribal Area (FATA), however they are not in favor of merging of the tribal belt into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) but will prefer to have a separate province where they can serve their lives as per their norms and traditions.

These views were expressed by the ex-federal minister Hamidullah Jan Afridi while addressing on occasion of general convention of Khyber Union as chief guest here in Bar-Kamber Khel area of Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency.

Central President of Khyber Union, Bazaar Gul Afridi, former Member Parliament from Dera Adam Khel Baz Gul Afridi, owner of The Frontier Post Rehmat Shah Afridi, large number of tribal elders and members of civil society were among the participants of the gathering. He said that the tribal didn’t want to be ruled under FCR but would never accept merging of FATA in KP.

“Instead of be part of KP, our rights will be more ensured in separate province under the name of “Qabailistan”, he added and saying the tribesmen would react any scheme imposed on them against their wishes.

He maintained that the tribal were faced numerous problems in terms of return of Temporary Displaced Persons, issuing of identity card and lack of all fundamental rights in the tribal belt but the tribal Member Parliament were wasting their energies in useless activities that was regretful. Other speakers including former Member Parliament Haji Baz Gul Afridi, Bazar Gul Afridi and others highlighted different aspects of the Union and said that since long Khyber Union Pakistan proved an effective platform to raise voice for the right and welfare of the masses.

Earlier Rehmat Shah Afridi administered oath to newly central and units’ cabinets of Khyber Unions.

 

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