Fata, KP merger in interest of tribal people: Khattak
Peshawar— Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the government has already worked out a compensation formula for the victims of terrorism in the province. Whatever formula was formed for the Army Public School would be replicated for all such victims throughout the province. This has been the plan for the future and there would be no discrimination, he assured. He was talking to Mardan Bar Association led by its President Ameer Hussain at CM Secretariat here. Provincial Ministers Imtiaz Shahid Quershi, Muhammad Atif Khan, MPA Iftikhar Mashwani and others were also present on the occasion. The president told that compensation had been paid to the victims of Mardan Terror attack and demanded the rehabilitation of the office of bar association, security, pass-through gate and installation of CCTV Cameras. The Chief Minister directed for complete estimation in order to resolve their problem within available resources. He also directed for the release of Rs. 5 million that he already announced for the Mardan Bar Association.
The Chief Minister said he would leave behind a system where there would be no discrimination and that would stay undisputed in future. He said that he had given a system to all institutions which was based on justice and that would guarantee the provision of due rights to all.
He said that he had given a uniform plan excluding all sort of favors and ensuring equality without status and position. There was inbuilt system that would exclude favoritism and discretion. He said that all segments of the society suffered because of terrorism including police, security and educational institutions and they needed to be compensated equally.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that though his government was in favour of merging the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the tribal people should be taken into confidence before making a decision.
He was talking to reporters here at Chief Minister’s House after presiding over a meeting on the merger of Fata into KP. He said the merger of Fata into KP was in the interests of the tribal people, but such a decision should be taken with the consent of the tribes people.
The Chief Minister said the government didn’t want to impose any decision on tribal people. However, he expressed the hope that the merger of Fata into KP would soon be finalized.
After the merger of tribal areas into KP, he said, the arrangements for holding local bodies elections would be finalised for the solution of problems being faced by the tribal people. Pervez Khattak said the Fata Reform Committee had presented a five-year plan for Fata’s merger with KP, which he said would not serve the purpose.
He said the tribal people should be mentally prepared for the new system as they couldn’t afford experimenting with Fata. He asked the federal government to bring amendments for the purpose instead of creating confusion.
The Chief Minister said that there should be clear sketch for the moving forward for the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The province had local government system that could be replicated in FATA. He said that amendments in the constitution should be introduced for the provision of justice to the people of FATA. He was against the five year a plan for the merger of FATA adding that this would delay the process of merger.