Tribesmen observes black day against merging in Jamrud

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Workers of Qaumi Jirga Federal Administer Area(Fata) beside volunteers of various political parties initiated a protest rally against merging of ex-tribal region into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and abolition of Frontier Crime Regulation here at Bab-e-Khyber, Jamrud,district Khyber on Wednesday.
Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the merging of the former tribal agencies, a large number of participants holding black flags and chanted full-throat slogans contrary to merging and marked it, a “Black Day”.
The protestors took a rally from tehsil towards Bab-e-Khyber where it turned into a public gathering.
Addressing on the occasion chairman Fata Qaumi Jirga Malik Bismellah Khan, Malik Khan Marjan Wazir, Azam Khan Mehsud,Malik Khan Muhammad, local leader of Jamiat Ullema-e-Islam,Fazalrehman Said Kabeer Afridi, tribal elders Malik Tahmash Khan and others said that on 31,May,2018,the then government decided merging of the ex-tribal region without consent of the tribal that was injustice to them.
“Merging is contrary to our rites and customs therefore it is unacceptable to us,” they argued.
Instead of providing relief, merging had multiplied miseries of tribal they added and said lack of basic facilities further deteriorated the social status of the tribesmen.
They maintained that tribesmen rejected police and Patwar systems and the alien judiciary system, imposed on merged tribal districts, failed to provide justice to the applicants.
Neither the government materialized promises of provision of three percent share in neither NFC Award nor it permanent 25000 levies force personnel and doubled students’ scholarship, they remarked.
The speakers blamed that the essence of the abolition of FCR and merging was to usurp the minerals of the former tribal region.
They opined that writ petition against merging had been filed in the Court therefore a large bench should be formed to decide the case.
The participants then marched towards Jamrud press club where it dispersed peacefully.