PESHAWAR - A 35-member jirga will prepare recommendations on whether the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) should be made part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Gilgit-Baltistan or be given the status of a separate province. The recommendations of the jirga will be taken up by the JUI-F with the federal government for a final decision, an official of the party told TheNation. The JUI-F had organised a grand jirga a couple of days ago to take a decision on the subject. However, the exercise remained inconclusive and a new body was formed to work out recommendations. According to JUI-F Khyber Pk Secretary Information Abdul Jalil Jan, the jirga has been fully empowered to take a decision acceptable to all the stakeholders. Having representation from seven tribal agencies and six frontier regions (FRs), the body will start a series of meetings to evolve consensus.“The recommendations of the jirga would be submitted to federal government with the request that they should be implemented at the earliest. In case, the government is reluctant, the JUI would adopt other ‘democratic ways’, Jalil added.“We will support what tribesmen consider better for themselves”, the JUI-F leader said.Explaining the ‘democratic ways the JUI-F could use, he said they would organise a number of seminars and protest rallies. If necessary, a democratic movement would also be launched.On the Fata’s future status, he said the JUI-F would never accept any decision made either by Islamabad or Peshawar as they were not aware of the problems facing the territories.It is worth mentioning that in order to have a stand on the future of tribal areas, JUI-F organised a daylong ‘grand tribal jirga’ in Peshawar in which, not a single political party was invited.