Protesters demands FATA-KP merger in march to Islamabad

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- The Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI) party has urged the government to ensure the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province before the end of the year, reported Dawn Tuesday (December 12).

Thousands of FATA residents and JI members began marching from Bab-e-Khyber in Peshawar to Islamabad Monday (December 11) to protest slow progress on the merger and abolition of the British-era Frontier Crimes Regulations, a century-old legal code governing FATA that includes collective punishment and restrictions on legal rights. The marchers arrived in the capital Tuesday.

JI chief Siraj ul Haq, addressing the march, called for completion of the merger before December 31 and vowed a larger sit-in if that deadline goes unmet.

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