JUI Mohmand
Many of the local elders and leaders of the JUI-F were marching towards the local press club. (Photo by author)

Ghalanai — Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) FATA leadership demanded the federal government to abolish Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) law immediately and declare Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) a new separate province.

JUI-F FATA chapter held a public rally in the agency headquarters Ghalanai in front of Mohmand Press Club against FCR law where the leaders appreciated the FATA reforms.

The rally participants were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against FCR and demanding FATA to be declared as a separate province. They marched from Ghalanai bazaar to the Press club chanting slogans. They also demanded ‘Sharia Law’ to be imposed in tribal areas.

JUI-F leaders and a large numbers of tribal elders were present on the occasion.

Addressing the rally, JUI-F FATA chapter head Mufti Abdul Shakoor, General Secretary Mufti Ijaz, party’s Chief for Mohmand Agency Muhammad Arif Haqani, Vice president FATA Ex-MNA Ghulam Sadiq, Ex-Senator Haifz Rashid Ahmad, Samiul Haq, Gulab Noor, Malik Iqrar, Malik Badri Zaman, Malik Amir Nawaz Khan and Malik Nader Manan Koda Khel said that JUI-F was never in favour of FCR.

The leaders claimed that FATA’s merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is against the will of tribal people but any decision against their will would not be accepted.

“Tribal Quota System in various colleges and services and 8 seats of senate would be abolished in merger of FATA into KP” said Shakoor.

Tribal elders and JUI (F) leaders criticizes FATA Reforms Committee’s recommendations that it was composed against the wishes of the tribesmen.

They said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nominated no tribal representative in the FATA Reforms Committee then how did they prepare good reforms for FATA peoples.

Mufti Abdul Shakoor said the government should hold referendum on FATA’s merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that his party would not accept any decision to be imposed against the aspirations of the tribal people. He demanded that the all the tribesmen should be taken into confidence about the future status of the tribal regions.

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