ANP warns govt over failure to merge Fata with KPK

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PESHAWAR: Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan on Friday said the federal government should merge Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before the 2018 general elections otherwise it should be ready to face consequences.
“If the government doesn’t give tribal people representation in the KP Assembly in the upcoming elections, our party will not tolerate it,” he warned while addressing a public meeting in connection with the death anniversary of former minister and senior party leader Bashir Ahmad Bilour here in Wazir Bagh area. Bashir Bilour and nine others were killed when a suicide bomber targeted an ANP rally in Peshawar on Dec 22, 2012. The attack left 18 people wounded, while Bashir’s elder brother, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, narrowly escaped it. The ANP has lost over 800 leaders and workers in suicide attacks and targeted killings over the years.
With the place decorated with party flags, the people and senior ANP leaders attended the death anniversary function in large numbers.
Mr Asfandyar said the merger of Fata with KP was inevitable and that his party would not tolerate any delay in that respect.
“The ANP wants the representation of tribal people in the provincial assembly in the next elections at any cost,” he said, adding that the country was currently in deep crisis.
The ANP chief said a federal minister had claimed that 24 points of the Fata reforms package had been implemented and only one point had been awaiting implementation.