PPP announced to support FATA reforms even if JUI-F stands against it: Zardari

PPP-Parliamentarians President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said that the party would continue to support the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) reforms even if Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) does not change its stance.

The JUI-F chief has vehemently opposed the Fata reforms package. Earlier this month, Fazl claimed that certain elements, at the behest of the United States, had started making a hue and cry in the name of reforms in tribal areas.

He said these elements had raised the issue of merger of the Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for political gains, but in reality, they had nothing to do with the poor masses of tribal areas.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Zardari recalled that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto had approached the Supreme Court and asked for Fata to be brought under its jurisdiction.

Zardari added that during their rule, the PPP had drafted 63 laws which were applicable in Fata and much debate was held on the subject of merging the tribal areas.

However, he said, the timing was not suitable then as the war against terrorism was at its peak.

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