ISLAMABAD – The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms bill, despite previous announcement from ruling PMLN, was suspended in the National Assembly leading to an outcry by the opposition members on Thursday, pakistantribe.com reported.
According to PakistanTribe’s correspondent from Islamabad, after the aggressive speech delivered by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the assembly heated up.
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi responded Achakzai while terming him anti Pakistan and a self-centric person.
The opposition leader Khursheed Shah criticised the government of deliberately halting the bill while saying this is an important and unusual amendment.
Shah alleged that ruling PMLN presented FATA reforms bill as lollypop to the tribal people and then turned it down by allies.
It is worth mentioning here that PMLN allies PMAP and JUI-F Fazal ur Rehman are standing against FATA reforms bill which will allow the area to become part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
Early report show that after inclusion in KPK, 23 provincial assembly and 18 national assembly seats will be allotted to the FATA. Polling for these seats to be held in 2023 general elections.
Meanwhile, PMLN Minister Abdul Qadir Balochi said govt will fulfil its commitment about reforms. He denied any pressure while saying the government and the Prime Minister have no pressure regarding FATA reforms.