Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Observed Black Day on 3rd Anniversary of “Unconstitutional” Merger of FATA
- Protestors call the merger unnatural and unconstitutional
- KQJ and its supporters rejected the merger
- KQJ leader Haji Bismillah Afridi addressed the gathering
Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan observed Black day on the 3rd anniversary of the ‘unnatural’ and ‘unconstitutional’ merger of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into the province.
On Monday, Scores of Khyber Qaumi Jirga (KQJ), an anti-merger body, supporters, mostly tribal elders, and a handful of political workers demonstrated at the historic Bab-i-Khyber.
The FATA, which consisted of seven tribal agencies (districts) and six frontier regions, was merged with the neighbouring province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2018.
The KQJ supporters on Monday held black flags and chanted slogans against what they call the ‘unconstitutional’ coalition. Addressing the protesters, KQJ leader Haji Bismillah Afridi declared that the so-called merger was imposed on the tribal people without ascertaining their consent and without fulfilling the constitutional obligation of convening a representative grand jirga of all the tribal elders from the seven tribal regions.
He said the KQJ and its supporters would not accept the merger as it was done in violation of the promises made by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and that it had also complicated the situation in tribal areas as there was chaos everywhere due to ambiguity about the powers and limitations of different government departments.
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