JI March for Fata’s Merger with KP Enters Islamabad

Thousands of residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and members and supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) participating in a march entered Islamabad against the delay in merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The JI’s long-march, which started from Bab-i-Khyber in Khyber Agency on Sunday, is aimed at exerting pressure on the federal government to revoke the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and merge Fata with KP before the 2018 general elections.
The rally is being led by Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and leaders JI FATA’s chapter. A large numbers of JI workers, supporter and residents of the tribal belt are participating in the march.The protesters reached Faizabad.
From Faizabad they left for D-Chowk to stage sit-in there to press the government for their demands.During the course of the long march, sit-ins were held at several places from Khyber Agency to Peshawar.
The final sit-in is to be staged outside the Parliament for three days, after which the future line of action will be announced.JI had announced a long march towards Islamabad last month.
“The announcement to abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) next week is vague. The federal government should clearly announce the merger of Fata with KP.It made the claims many times in the past but withdrew from its promises at the eleventh hour moment,” Mushtaq Ahmad, the provincial chief of the JI, had said while speaking to media over the weekend.
He had welcomed the government’s decision of abolishing the FCR and termed it a victory of the JI. However, he had continued that the JI would still hold the long march so that the government does not backtrack on its promise.
“We will start our long march from Khyber Agency after a sit-in there. Our long march is peaceful and we hope the government will not create any hurdle in our way,” the JI provincial amir had said.