FATA Timeline - 2017
JI ameer (chief), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Mushtaq Ahmad called for merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and also stated that the people of the FATA were deprived of basic
and democratic rights for the last seven decades, reports The
News. Mushtaq Ahmed also rejected the FCR, saying it was a black
law. "If no solid steps were taken for the merger of the FATA
with KP and uplift of the tribal areas, we will have no other
option but to march on Islamabad," he said. Mushtaq Ahmad asked
the Government to announce PKR 1,000 billion uplift package for
the tribal areas.
Earlier, JUI-F leaders on January
8 rejected the federal government's plan to merge FATA with KP
and threatened to launch a protest movement if any changes were
'imposed' on the tribal people. "We request the federal government,
especially the prime minister, to stop implementation of the reforms
until every stockholder is taken on board, otherwise the JUI-F
would start an agitation campaign across FATA," threatened Abdul
Shakoor, head (FATA) JUI-F.
The FO rejected allegations of terrorist safe
havens in the FATA, saying Pakistan does not allow its territory
to be used for attacks against any other country. Responding to
queries during the weekly news briefing, FO Spokesperson Nafees
Zakaria said Afghanistan was infested with a number of terrorist
organisations due to its instability. This, he added, created
space for terrorist elements such as Haqqani network's leadership,
TTP, Daesh, and al Qaeda, among other terrorist organisations.
"It is, therefore, not appropriate to blame others for the adversities
due to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. The
oft repeated claims regarding safe havens are, therefore, more
of a rhetoric than anything else," the spokesperson maintained.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.