PESHAWAR -  Jamaat-e-Islami sponsored ‘Grand Jirga’ has set a deadline to hold a protest march on Islamabad and a sit-in for an indefinite time if the government failed to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Fata merger jirga was held under the banner of JI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at press club here on Wednesday. The jirga was headed by party’s acting Central Ameer Liaqat Baloch. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Inayatullah was representing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the Jirga.

A communiqué was presented by the former MNA and JI leader, Sahibzada Haron-ur-Rashid on the occasion, calling to take necessary legal measures for the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, abolishment of Frontier Crime Regulations, extension of the jurisdictions of Peshawar High Court and Supreme Court to tribal region, amending Article 246 and 247 of the constitution to ensure all constitutional rights to tribal people of Fata.

The declaration also sought representation of Fata in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly before the general elections 2018 and urged to hold local bodies’ elections on the pattern of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in all the tribal agencies.

It was further asked the government to ensure implementation of Sartaj Aziz-led reforms committee recommendations with true letter and spirit. It also demanded the announcement of Rs1000billion package rehabilitation for temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) and reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure in Fata.

The JI acting Central Ameer Laiqat Baloch while speaking on the occasion said that the hardships of Pakistan were because of the mistakes of political parties and the establishment.

JI Provincial Ameer, Mushtaq Ahmad, Fata Ameer Sardar Khan, ANP leader Latif Afridi, PPP leader Akhunzada Chattan, PTI Iqbal Afridi, analyst and senior journalist, Saleem Safi, QWP leader Asad Khan Advocate, JI MNA Tariqullah Khan, President Peshawar High Court Bar Association president, Arbab Usman were keynote speakers at the jirga. Besides, representatives of civil society, lawyers, political activists, tribal elders, youth, and people from different walks of life also participated in the jirga.

Liaqat Baloch said that the Fata people had been deprived of all constitutional rights since the inception of the country. He said the education and health facilities were not available to the people of the tribal region, which was sheer injustice with them.

JI leader stressed the need for the merger of Fata with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to open a new chapter of development and progress in the region. He said the majority of tribal people are in favor of the merger with KP. He said the FCR is black law, which should be abolished to ensure all constitutional rights to the people of Fata.

He clarified that his party had put four main conditions before the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman for joining the political parties’ alliance or former MMA – Muttihad Majlis-e-Amal.

He said the Fata issue was a top priority among the four conditions. He informed that Fata issue would be discussed at the next meeting of MMA.

He also supported the proposal to form a committee to hold a final meeting with the government and relevant authorities for the merger of Fata with KP.