FSO Members at Peshawar Press Club (Photo: FSO Social Media)

Peshawar — Students for Fata have demanded government to mainstream the tribal region and implement the proposed Fata’s merger in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a press conference here on Wednesday, Members of Fata Student Organization (FSO) said that government has created more disappointment among the tribal people. They believe that government is not sincere with the people of Fata.

President FSO Shaukat Aziz told media that delaying tactics of government has created unrest in Fata’s people who were eagerly ready to merge in KP. He said that the delay means denying fundamental rights of Fata’s people.

The students also criticised Fata Reforms Committee for recommending “Riwaj Act” in the proposed reforms package and said that “Riwaj” (tribal tradition) was a basic reason behind the backwardness of Fata. “We demand full constitutional rights in tribal areas,” the students asked government.

“Making Fata’s merger controversial means to hurt the wishes of tribal people,” Fata’s students.

Flanked by FSO’s Genral Secretary Abdur Rahim Aurakzai, Vice-president Mohammad Ilyas, women wing president Samreena Khan Wazir, women wing General Secretary Aziz Mehsud and other members, Shaukat Aziz told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was essential for mainstreaming Fata.

“Tribal people should be given all those basic rights given to the people of other parts of Pakistan,” he said.

Fata’s youth warned government that the tribal people would never accept any further delay in the reforms, otherwise, they will be protesting against it.

They have demanded to give Fata’s people full representation in the KP Assembly through participation in the 2018 general elections. “We also demand reserve-seats in National and KP assemblies for Fata’s women,” said Shakat Aziz.

The students asked government to announce Fata’s tax-free zone for minimum 10 years in line with the scale of massive destruction in the region for the last decade.

President FSO Shaukat Aziz has also demanded the establishment of campuses of medical and engineering colleges in Fata, adding that the former army chief Raheel Sharif had announced five cadet colleges for Fata but no action was taken for it.

Women wing President Samreena Wazir criticized Fata’s parliamentarians and said that tribal people are disappointed by the parliamentarians.