JI to march towards Islamabad to seek merger of FATA

Thousands of residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and members of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) are marching towards Islamabad and have announced they will camp at D-Chowk if the government does not take immediate steps to merge Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The JI’s long-march, which started from Peshawar’s Bab-i-Khyber, is aimed at exerting pressure on the federal government to revoke the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and merge Fata with KP before the 2018 general elections.

The caravan was en route to the capital on Monday night.

The protesters have announced a sit-in at Faizabad on Tuesday followed by another sit-in at D-Chowk to press for their demands.

Meanwhile, the opposition in the National Assembly staged a walkout from the Monday session after they discovered that the Fata Reforms Bill — which was initially included in the agenda for the day — had been removed from the revised agenda.

Subsequently, a large number of Fata residents protested vocally outside Parliament House. The protesters demanded the merger of Fata with KP.

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