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Annexation of FATA with KP against Durand Line agreement: Mubariz

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Abdul Hameed Mubariz, a writer, said that annexation of the Pakistan-controlled tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province is against the Durand Line agreement.

Talking to daily Weesa on this issue, Mubariz said that a political campaign has begun in the KP province to annex the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

He said that the FATA is an autonomous region and Islamabad is trying to make these areas regular parts of Pakistan. Mubariz suggested that the United Nations should conduct a referendum in FATA. “Afghanistan shall also be taken on board on this issue.”

He added that Pakistan had no right to interfere in the tribal region and it is an act of aggression. “To annex tribal areas, Pakistan is taking advantage of Afghanistan’s weak position,” Mubariz said.

According to a news report published by the Radio Ashna, laws formulated by the then British Empire are still implemented in the tribal regions which had hampered development of FATA.

People in the tribal regions have decided to join Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to get rid of the draconian law, according to the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), the law made by the British Empire.

A 31-member committee, comprising of tribal elders, met in Peshawar the other day to discuss annexation of FATA with KP. On the other hand, some tribal elders ask for a separate province.

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