Islamabad (December 15, 2017): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is chairing an important meeting of parliamentary leaders on Friday to discuss Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms bill, among other matters of national and regional importance.
The prime minister is expected to explain the reason to drop the bill from the ongoing NA session’s agenda that stirred protest by opposition parties and Fata parliamentarians.
The Prime Minister will also take the leaders into confidence on matters related to the recently held Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit over Jerusalem.Leaders from the Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Awami Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami are in attendance. Representatives from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led JUI-F, however, are missing from the huddle.
The matter of FATA’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has been delayed since the recommendations to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2.The opposition has been staging walkout from the NA session for the last four session over government’s move to drop the bill from the National Assembly’s agenda.