Imran Khan warns government over FATA

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BANNU: It will be difficult to control Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) if its conditions deteriorate, remarked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson on Wednesday.

Imran Khan was speaking to the media after the inauguration of Tsunami Billion Tree project at Bharat Machan Khel in Bannu. Under the project, 800 million trees will be planted in the area to make lives of 500,000 people better.

FATA’s merger with KP will prove to be most beneficial for tribal people. FATA will be included in the general elections in 2018, he said at the occasion.

“Integration of FATA is important and there is no other way,” he stressed. Even if there is a referendum the result will be show that people want a merger. “We have no personal interest. We are only interested in the betterment of people of FATA .”

“The people themselves have told me that they want a merger,” he said adding, “people say that they no longer want to live like this.”

The recommendations to bring FATA at par with the rest of the country were approved at the Cabinet meeting on FATA reforms on March 2.

At the meeting, it was decided the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) would be integrated with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The process will take five years as the law and order situation in the tribal areas is not favourable for major changes in the system. Once FATA is made part of KP, the province's share in the National Finance Commission will increase, as 3% will be for the former.

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