The issue was discussed in detail during the weekly cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday.
A day earlier, the PM held a meeting with parliamentary leaders in a bid to forge consensus on Fata reforms. While mainstream political parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Peoples Party, strongly support Fata’s merger with K-P, smaller political groups like the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl and the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami party oppose it.
During the cabinet meeting, the PM was of the view that the government should move to bring a presidential order, to be promulgated by the president of Pakistan, on the advice of the PM for Fata’s merger with K-P, according to official sources.
Reportedly, the majority of cabinet members supported this proposal, maintaining that the presidential order was the only viable option in the present circumstances.