The Awami National Party (ANP) has demanded the government immediately merge the tribal region known as Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with northern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Both are Pashtun-dominated resource-rich northern and northwestern regions of Pakistan — Fata borders restive Afghanistan in its west.
“Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should avoid doing politics on petty issues and instead divert his attention towards the actual problems being faced by the country, including implementation of Fata reforms,” said ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan while addressing the launch of Haroonur Rasheed’s book on the life and struggle of late ANP leader from Swat, Muhammad Afzal Khan Lala, at the Bacha Khan Markaz in Peshawar on Sunday.
Asfandyar took the auspicious occasion to ask for the translation of Rasheed’s book on Lala in Urdu, which had been already published in Pashto.
“The country has become a den of politics of allegation and counter-allegation and abuse that should stop now, if the politicians want to take the country forward,” he added.
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He advised the new PM to not repeat the mistakes of predecessor Nawaz Sharif, who he said had ignored the whole tribal belt for just two persons. Asfandyar was referring to the alliance of Sharif with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, who oppose the merger of Fata with KP.