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PM postpones FATA reforms process on request of JUI-F chief

PM postpones FATA reforms process on request of JUI-F chief

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. – A file photo

May 18, 2017

PESHAWAR, 18 May: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has postponed further proceedings on the FATA reforms process for indefinite period on the request of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Media reports while quoting sources said Fazlur Rehman telephoned the prime minister, who was in China, on Wednesday, and convinced him to delay proceedings on the proposed amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan for reforms in FATA and implementation of Riwaj Act.

Member National Assembly from Bajaur Agency Shahabuddin Khan told a foreign news agency that he was informed about postponement of reforms process by Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch. He said the federal government cannot afford to offend Fazlur Rehman on the issue. Sources said Shahabuddin Khan and Abdul Qadir Baloch also exchanged hot words over the issue. The federal minister told Shahabuddin Khan to leave the party if he cannot agree with the government on the issue.

Shahabuddin and a number of other FATA parliamentarians have rejected the prime minister’s decision to delay the FATA reforms bill. They have also threatened to boycott voting for approval of the next federal budget in the parliament.

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