Khyber Qaumi Jirga demands separate province

Akmal Qadri

LANDI KOTAL: The Khyber Qaumi Jirga (KQJ) demonstrated on Tuesday at Bab-e-Khyber against the merger of former Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A large number of people from different walks of life were the participants of demonstration. The protesters set fire on the tyre on Pak-Afghan route and chanted slogans against what they termed a ‘forcible’ merger. The speakers and protesters rejected the merger and demanded of a separate province.

The members of KQJ, including its chairman Bismillah Khan, Malik Israr Ullah, Malik Shuja, Malik Tahmash Shalmani, Malik Asil Khan, Malik Sardar Azam Afridi, Malik Halwat Shah, the president of Jamrud Bazaar Trade Union Rafi Raza and others said in their speeches that the erstwhile FATA had been merged into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under a conspiracy which was not in the interests of tribal people.

The youth rights were being exploited and non-local persons recruited on coveted official posts, however, that injustice was not seen in the erstwhile FATA, they lamented. They opposed the patwar and police system in the merged districts and said that after merging, their transport, education, healthcare and traditions were ruined intentionally and ruthlessly which shackled the very fabric of the tribal society.

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