Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed his party lawmakers to delay proceedings on FATA reforms package in the National Assembly till his return to Pakistan after a phone call with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazalur Rehman, sources said on Wednesday.
The 30th amendment bill calls for a merger between the tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by adding 23 seats for FATA in the KP Assembly. Of FATA’s seats, 18 will be general, four reserved for women and one for religious minorities.
Sources said that Nawaz Sharif —convinced by the JUI (F) chief to suspend further proceedings on the FATA reforms— called Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch to delay the proceedings on the amendment till his return.
Immediately after the call, Baloch invited a delegation of FATA legislators headed by Shahji Gul Afridi to inform them that the legislative formalities will not be put into motion in the next assembly session.
During the meeting lawmakers from FATA complained to the minister of injustice being carried out on the reservations of the JUI(F) chief.
Talking to a private TV channel, Afridi confirmed the details of the meeting and said that the lawmakers from FATA would not vote for the federal budget 2017-18, further adding that the legislators would decide the future course of action in their meeting after National Assembly session on Thursday. 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.