ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the government’s move of withdrawing the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas Reforms Bill at the eleventh hour from the National Assembly Agenda on Monday.

In a statement, the PPP chairman said that the decision of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to withdraw the bill smells of its “hatred” towards the people of the Fata.

He pledged that his party would merge the Fata into the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as per the aspiration of the people of the tribal areas.

Bilawal pointed out that in August 2011, President Asif Ali Zardari amended the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR), a British-era law curtailing the Fata residents’ rights, and extended the Political Parties Act 2002 to the tribal areas.

The PPP chief further said that party had already vowed to integrate the Fata into the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the extension of high court’s jurisdiction and to end the FCR.