In a warning voice, the chief of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Sirajul Haq asked the government to ensure the merger between FATA (federally administrated tribal areas) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) within December 31. The JI chief also said that his party will stage a protest in the capital if their demand was not met.
While addressing his supporters in a gathering organized in Faizabad on Tuesday, December 12, Haq also criticized the government for ignoring the problems of FATA residents. He also termed the political leaders in FATA more powerful than Mughal kings. The leader also criticized the government by saying that if the government feels that the laws in FATA are so good then why they do not impose them across the country and if they cannot do this, then laws of Pakistan should be imposed in FATA.
However, this was not the first time when the JI leader stage protest against the government for making delay in the merger of two areas, as the organization has long been demanding the merger between FATA and KP. This time the JI-led march has been attended by thousands of its supporters and FATA residents. The march was started from Peshawar’s Bab-i-Khyber on December 11 to exert pressure on the government for the elimination of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and merger FATA with KP.
While addressing his supporters, JI KP chief Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said that while people in several parts of the world are demanding separate states, people of FATA demanded a permanent merger within Pakistan. The leader also accused the government of promoting extremism in FATA and ignoring the demand of FATA-KP permanent merger.