PPP All Parties Conference: What went inside

PPP All Parties Conference: What went inside

ISLAMABAD: (APP) The political parties which attended the All Parties Conference (APC), convened by Pakistan Peoples Party Saturday supported merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

In a brief interaction with media here outside Zardari House, Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that thirteen different political parties participated in the conference.

He said that APC held detailed discussion on the agenda of the APC including revival of military courts, National Action Plan and FATA reforms.

On FATA reforms, he said "we want swift implementation of the reforms as delay in reforms agenda would increase concerns of the people of these areas".

Talking to the media persons, Senator Farhat Ullah Babar said that heads and representatives of 13 political parties attended the today's APC.

He said that Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaaf was invited in the conference but it did not attend APC, adding all the parties which were extended invitation, attended the event.

To a question, he said issuance of joint declaration at the conclusion of APC was not part of agenda, and added all political parties presented their viewpoint on the revival of military courts.

Referring to Co-Chairman PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, he said that PPP would prepare a separate draft to address concerns about military courts after unanimous views of political parties participating in APC.

A legal team, headed by Farooq H. Naik, will prepare a draft of amendments in this regard.

Replying to a question, Senator Farhat Ullah Babar said that PPP was in favour of FATA reforms and it must be implemented in order to bring these areas in political mainstream.

Secretary General Tehreek-i-Nafaz-i-Feqa-i-Jaffreia (Moosvi), Shaujat Ali Bukhari said that his party was supporting the operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.

He said that TNFJ (Moosvi) was in favour of military courts and also supported the FATA reforms.

Member National Assembly Shah G. Gull Afridi said that he was grateful to PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari for including the FATA reforms in today's APC agenda.

He said that all political parties have supported FATA reforms programme and merger of the area into KPK for the stability and development of the belt.