Zardari rejects govt’s schedule for FATA mergers with KP

ISLAMABAD: Former President and President of PPP-P Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday rejected the government’s announced five-year schedule for merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that the FATA reforms should be discussed in the parliament.
He was speaking at the residence of former federal minister Najmuddin Khan in Banigala. Asif Ali Zardari also visited the residence of former minister Lal Khan and condoled with him over demise of his wife.
Zardari was accompanied by Humayun khan president PPP KPK, Faisal Kundi General Secretary KPK, Noor Alam Khan ex MNA, Senator Sardar Ali Khan, Senator Qayum Soomro, Malik Azmat ex MNA, Political Secretary Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Habib and spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar.
The former president said that the FATA reforms was the dream of Benazir Bhutto and PPP. He said that the PPP would not accept government’s drama on FATA reforms. He said that PPP wanted to see the people FATA empowered, adding that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be one unit. “We would be support the people of FATA reforms,” he said.
He said that the government’s stance on FATA reforms was not clear. He said that the PPP would support referendum about FATA reforms as there a history of rigged referendum. He said that the PPP would not accept FATA under the control the governor.
“We would jointly fight against terrorism and extremism,” Zardar said.
About reconciliation with Imran Khan, he said that he extends friendship hand, then he would think about it.

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