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    what happened here? :omghaha: With Fazal Diesel out of the way it looks like FATA merger is inevitable now?
     
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    Rumors are he has agreed but one never knows. No doubt with diesel taking a hike the pro merger elders and the rest if the politicians will make sure the merger happens.
     
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    amazing, Fazlur Rehman isn't having any of it.
    In dealing with PPP, govt gives JUI-F chief cold shoulder

    ISLAMABAD: The government has given its staunchest political ally the cold shoulder after it sought to cash in on the tiff between the PML-N and the PPP, The Express Tribune has learnt.

    Not long ago, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of his eponymous faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, had offered his services to win over the PPP, but the PML-N top cadres refused to assign him the role.

    PPP insiders claim government willing to talk

    Sources say the PML-N leadership knew that in return the JUI-F would seek favours to pursue its interests in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa – something not acceptable to the ruling party.

    The JUI-F eyes the lion’s share in recruitments in the tribal region. It also seeks a hefty amount in the name of development funds, important appointments in the government departments and ministries and a significant quota for Umrah operators in the religious affairs ministry.

    “They complain that ‘we are part of the government and we support you, but you don’t support us in a big way’,” a federal minister told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity. “Stakes are high, they want more than their share.”

    Insiders say the politico-religious cleric had met PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader Khursheed Shah ahead of the Dec 27 deadline set by the PPP for the acceptance of its four demands, and assured them that he would help in extracting concessions for the PPP in the backdrop of the prevailing situation in Karachi.

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    The issue, sources say, figured high in Fazl’s meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last Tuesday. Reportedly, the JUI-F chief conveyed a reconciliatory message to Premier Sharif on Zardari’s behalf.

    Contrary to the reports suggesting the possibility of backdoor contacts between the PML-N and the PPP, Fazl was told that there would be no concessions as far as Karachi was concerned and that the security establishment and government were in agreement over taking on terrorism in Karachi.

    “It was politically embarrassing for Fazl that he came to the forefront as a ‘mediator’ between the two parties but failed to make an impact,” said the minister.

    The JUI-F chief has denied his efforts to mediate between the PML-N and PPP were more of a bargaining chip to secure the JUI-F interests.

    Speaking to The Express Tribune, Fazl said a host of issues were discussed in his meeting with Premier Sharif. Without elaborating, he said ‘important’ issues came under discussion.

    “The government-PPP confrontation is not the only issue on earth. There are several issues concerning the JUI-F and our relationship with the federal government. Everything came under discussion.”

    Fazl also denied Premier Sharif had tasked him to facilitate backdoor contacts with the PPP. “I don’t believe in secret meet-ups. I’m not anybody’s middleman.”

    The cleric said his party enjoyed cordial relations with the PML-N and the PPP. “So in this context, if there is a common ground to resolve issues, what’s wrong with that? But if things don’t work, never mind. Every political party has its own set of priorities and political interests,” he said without offering a direct response on the issue.

    Sources believe the JUI-F’s limited support base explains the PML-N’s lack of reliance on the party. “We have an active political presence in K-P to take care of our interests and to counter the PTI instead of relying on the JUI-F,” said a PML-N lawmaker from K-P.

    Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2017.
     
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    ISLAMABAD: All hurdles in the way of the proposed merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been removed as all parliamentary parties have given their consent to the plan.

    The process of bringing Fata under the administrative control of the KP government will begin after approval of the plan by the federal cabinet which is likely to meet next week.

    Earlier, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) expressed their reservations over the merger, but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government managed to persuade the two parties for the plan. The PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami have demanded immediate merger of Fata with KP.

    “We have removed all the bottlenecks which came in the way of implementation of merger of Fata with KP,” Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told Dawn on Friday after a meeting of the Fata reforms committee, headed by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, with President Mamnoon Hussain at the presidency.

    Mr Baloch, who is a member of the five-member committee, briefed the president on the Fata reforms.

    The committee was formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov 8, 2016, to finalise reforms in the tribal areas. It had submitted to the prime minister as well as the National Assembly a report on the Fata reforms recommending the merge of Fata with KP for a transition period of five years.

    But the cabinet deferred implementation on the report on Dec 16 and the prime minister asked the committee to seek consensus of all the stakeholders and remove reservations of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PkMAP leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai over the proposed reforms package.

    Besides the merger of Fata with KP, a 10-year development package of Rs121 billion has also been allocated for the tribal areas.

    “We have addressed the concern of JUI-F and PkMAP,” Mr Baloch said but did not elaborate. He said the Fata reforms report would be presented before the cabinet again for approval.

    “Implementation of Fata reforms is a matter of few days as the federal cabinet will meet next week to give final nod to the merger plan and reforms package,” he added.

    Fata is being governed by the British-era law called Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) Act which legal experts say is a violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 Constitution.

    The people of the area have also raised their voices against what they called the black law. In the past, several committees were formed to reform the FCR, but they failed to do so.

    The president’s spokesman said that during the meeting President Hussain praised the committee members for framing comprehensive Fata reforms in consultation with all stakeholders and called for early implementation of the recommendations for transforming the lives of the tribal people.

    KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid and other senior officials attended the meeting.

    Earlier, Maulana Fazl alleged that the committee had violated its mandate as it was tasked with proposing reforms for political mainstreaming of Fata, and not to suggest its merger with the province.

    The National Assembly was recently informed that 15 different attempts had been made to streamline the tribal region, but each time the people at the helm of affairs backed out when it came to implementation.

    Published in Dawn, January 7th, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1306960/parliamentary-parties-give-consent-to-fata-merger-plan

    Read " reservations " of JUI-F and PKMAP as better accomodations and deals in the name of politics. All they wanted was somebody to stuff something in their mouth and N did.

     
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    Fata PML-N plans protest against delay in reforms

    KHAR: The PML-N, Fata chapter, has decided to launch a protest movement against the delay in introduction of the proposed reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

    The announcement was made by PML-N lawmaker from Bajaur Agency, Shahabuddin Khan, while talking to media persons here on Saturday.

    He said that the decision to start a protest movement against the delay in introduction of proposed reforms was taken during a meeting of senior leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Fata, a few days ago.

    He said that PML-N MNA from South Waziristan, Ghalib Khan advocate and senior leaders from the entire tribal areas participated in the meeting.

    Giving details, Mr Shahabuddin said that almost all participants had expressed their concern over the delay in implementation of the proposed reforms package.

    He said that the reforms package had been recommended by the Fata reforms committee several months ago. He said that the protest would be most likely launched from Jan 15. He said that protest was the best option for the tribesmen to get their rights.

    Mr Shahabuddin said that the PML-N Fata workers were optimistic that the protest would achieve its objectives and the colonial era governance system would be replaced with regular laws of the country in the tribal areas.

    However, he clarified that the protest was intended to show that majority of the people in tribal areas was in favour of the proposed reforms.

    Mr Khan said that the Fata PML-N workers had been advised to speed up their efforts to make the protest a success.

    He said that in this regard a public meeting would be held on Jan 10 in Peshawar. He said that senior leaders of PML-N and other parties would also attend the meeting.

    Published in Dawn, January 8th, 2017