Washington has further restricted the travel of its diplomats in the country and has explicitly asked its citizens to refrain from visiting Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including the erstwhile FATA province
, and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
It would have been propitious if people of FATA were given various options in the referendum giving them the choice to create a separate FATA province
, merge it into KPK or Balochistan, or continue with the old FCR system in the territory.
A Fata province
would also not burden KP financially, hence avoiding likely financial and administrative conflicts.
I would say if the Pakhtunkhwa government now agrees to the formation of a separate Hazara province then it would be bound to allow to Fata province
tomorrow and accordingly a Swat province because the people of these areas have also demanded for separate provinces in the past.
He said that he is in favor of FATA province
creation but mutual consensus could be needed for it, adding that the PML-Q would not participate in any dispute during the proceeding of the parliament.
Manzoorul Haq said the Committee also deliberated on the possibility of Fata province
, but keeping in view similarly of history, language, social, economic, culture, customs and traditions of people of KP and Fata have recommended merger of Fata with Khyber Pakthunkhwa in line with the wishes of tribesmen.
The speakers condemned the JUI-F for organising an anti-Fata-KP merger gathering in Islamabad and called the JUI-F and PkMAP's demand for a separate Fata province
against the interest of tribesmen.
I believe that in the near future Pakistan will have to face that movement for a separate FATA province
. If we want to eradicate the maniac of terrorism, we have to announce FATA as new province, as the local people know how to manage their areas.
A number of tribal elders also announced to support JUI-F for its view over Fata province
. They also announced support to gathering of JUI-F against the merger of Fata on December 30.
Virtually no support for a separate FATA province
due to its geographic location, weak linkages between the agencies and limited financial resources.
He said that there were also demands of Hazara and FATA province
and national level commission should be formed in this regard.
He helped make sure the polls in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata provinces
were largely trouble-free.