FATA merger: JI long march reaches Faizabad Interchange

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Long march led by Jamat-e-Islami over FATA merger with Khyber Pakhtunwa has reached Faizabad Interchange.

The party supporters and workers, who had gathered at Bab-e-Khyber on Monday, reached Faizabad Interchange from Murree Road, Rawalpindi on Tuesday where JI chief Sirajul Haq will address the participants.

During the course of the long march, sit-ins were held at several places from Khyber Agency to Peshawar. The final sit-in is to be staged outside the Parliament for three days, after which the future line of action will be announced.

JI had announced a long march towards Islamabad last month.

“The announcement to abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) next week is vague. The federal government should clearly announce the merger of Fata with KP. It made the claims many times in the past but withdrew from its promises at the eleventh hour moment,” Mushtaq Ahmad, the provincial chief of the JI, had said while speaking to media over the weekend.

He had welcomed the government’s decision of abolishing the FCR and termed it a victory of the JI. However, he had continued that the JI would still hold the long march so that the government does not backtrack on its promise.

“We will start our long march from Khyber Agency after a sit-in there. Our long march is peaceful and we hope the government will not create any hurdle in our way,” the JI provincial amir had said.

The JI leader had added his party would convert the long march into celebration if the federal government announced the merger of the tribal areas with KP.

“We want the government to abolish the FCR, merge Fata with KP immediately and announce a special package of Rs1,000 billion for developmental projects in the hitherto neglected tribal areas,” Ahmad had said.