BAJAUR AGENCY - Leaders of all Bajaur Political Parties Alliance (ABPPA) on Wednesday accused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan for creating hurdles in the way of local government system in the tribal areas and threatened to launch a massive campaign for the removal of Shaukatullah from the governor’s office if he doesn’t change his anti-tribal policy.
Speaking at a press conference at the Bajaur Press Club, the ABPPA leaders, including its president Gull Dad Khan, Qari Abdul Majeed, Malik Attulah Khan, Maulana Waheed Gull, Sheikh Jan Zada, Syed Abdul Manan Kaka Jee and Malik Gull Kareem Khan said the Khyber Pakhunkhwa Governor is not serious in provision of basic and modern facilities to tribal people. They said that holding of local bodies election in the tribal areas was a long standing demand of tribal people and majority of tribesmen besides political parties wanted local government system in the area as such system was vital for providing basic and modern civic facilities to the people.
They blamed the governor for mobilising tribal elders against anti-local bodies election in the tribal areas and said that some elements with the special support of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor were busy in creating hurdles in the way of extending local government system to Fata. “We have solid evidence that the governor is not interested in extending local government system to the tribal areas and has given special tasks to tribal elders for creating hurdles in the way of holding local bodies’ election,” said Gull Dad Khan. They also criticised the local lawmakers for not taking efforts for holding local government elections in FATA.
The politicians also blamed the governor for not taking practical steps for the development of the area and said that announcing of Fata medical college and upgradation of grid station in Bajaur were serious jokes with the tribesmen because they did not see any development activity.
They demanded the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of not extending local government system to the tribal areas and should issue order for announcing schedule for the local bodies’ election in FATA. “We want to provide all civic facilities and fundamental rights to people of tribal areas because tribesmen are also citizen of this country and lack of constitutional rights was main hurdle in the development of tribal areas,” they added.