PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader from Fata, Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi on Thursday opposed the proposed merger of Federally Administration Tribal Areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying that the tribal people had the right to decide about their future.Expressing his views in a ‘Mulaqat’ programme organised by Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) here at Peshawar Press Club, he said that unification was totally impracticable forum, which could not be implemented at any costs in Fata. “Tribal people have their own traditions, norms and culture, which won’t be undermined by merging Fata in the settled areas,” he argued. He said that Fata should be mulled over as a separate entity ‘Qabailistan’, as it would be an amicable resolution to the issues confronting tribal region in the current situation. Flanked by President KhUJ, Arshad Aziz, General Secretary, Ali Hazrat Bacha and other members, he said the perplex situation existed in presence of the security forces, adding that the tribal people were facing miserable condition in the prevailing conflict situation. “Tribal people are patriotic and peaceful, who rendered lives for their motherland and played important role for protection of border areas,” he opined. He further added that a large number of innocent tribesmen had been killed in so-called war against terrorism in this region. He said that the bombardment and shelling had completely razed the houses, roads and basic infrastructure in tribal areas, whereas tribal people were killed in the prolonged security forces operations in Fata. Karim Afridi, who is also honorary consul general of Japan in Peshawar, said the tribesmen were not terrorists but terrorism escalated after launching of unjustified military assaults in their respective areas. He criticised the elected representatives from Fata, saying that they failed to address the issues confronted by their respective areas. He said that country was facing worst kind of crisis due to ‘wrong policies’ of the ruling coalition government, adding that the rampant corruption was undermined the country economically, whereas no serious step was taken to address key issue of energy shortage, unemployment and containing the growing price hike. “I served with Awami National Party (ANP) for a long period of 40 years, but resigned as I felt that the party lost its direction and ignored its manifesto,” he informed. The PTI leader said that the corrupt rulers would never be well-wishers of the poor, who spent four-and-a-half year in serving their vested interest, and did nothing to address the major issues of the country. “I am not against the ANP, but it was supporting those forces, who were not supporter of tribal people,” he added. “We need a honest leadership to steer the country out of the prevailing messy situation, he viewed, adding that PTI Chairman Imran Khan is only hope for the people, who will change the destiny of the nation. Afridi urged the masses to reject the corrupt rulers with power of vote in the next general election. “We want an end to the inheritance politics in the country, and support a young leadership for prosperous and developed future,” he maintained. He claimed the looted national exchequer money would be brought back to country, if PTI comes to power. Afridi expressed grave concern over restoration of Nato supply route and drone attacks in tribal areas. He said the decision was not taken in the national interest. On the occasion, he informed that tribal people would launch an organised campaign for creation of ‘Qabailistan’ very soon, for which they had been supported by more than 45,000 tribal people.