All Parties Conference called by Awami National Party on the issue of Federally Administered Tribal Areas reforms stood divided as Jamiat Ulema Islam–F leader Maulana Fazl ur-Rehman and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party disagreed with the idea of merging of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
According to the joint declaration issued after APC, the majority wanted merger FATA into KP. The declaration demanded end to Frontier Crimes Regulation and supported the democratic rights of the people of FATA.
The All Parties Conference urged the government to merge the tribal areas with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In a press statement issued on Thursday, the APC called for establishing formal judicial system under the jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court in Fata after abolishing the Frontier Crimes Regulations.
The participants of the conference also urged the government to pave way for representation of tribal areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Assembly before the coming general elections, ensuring a conducive environment so that the people of Fata could participate in the 2018 polls.
They also asked for providing all legal, constitutional and basic human rights to the people of tribal area. In addition, a 10-year development project should be announced for the region and its people be given a formal representation in the provincial assembly, the statement said.