Ex-servicemen want local body elections in Fata

Hanif Ullah/ FP 

BAJAUR AGENCY: Ex-Serviceman Society FATA GS Kemya Khan afridi has said that along with the other parts of the country, the government should also conduct Local Government elections in Fata.

While talking to media persons in Khar, Ex-serviceman Society Leader said that government was getting preparations to hold local bodies election in the country, but the government has not made it clear whether it would hold the same elections in the tribal regions or not KK urged the PML-N led federal government to conduct local bodies' elections in Fata as it would further strengthen the democratic culture in the tribal areas. "Power can be easily devolved at the grass root level through holding local bodies elections in FATA, KK argued, saying the government should not deprive the tribesmen of this basic right."

"The tribal people will neither accept nominated local bodies nor to keep silent if local bodies elections were not held in tribal regions, Ex-serviceman society leader remarked. KK Afridi demanded of the government to conduct LG elections at the same day with the other parts of Pakistan. He said that deprivation of the tribal people from their social, political and constitutional rights would lead to conflict and backwardness in the region.

Ex-Serviceman Society Fata leader also urged the government to bring the bureaucracy working in FATA under the local governments so that speedy welfare and development could be started in FATA. The political administration should be made accountable and answerable to the elected representatives in FATA, KK Afridi suggested, saying continuation of the chaotic situation would further aggravate the problems in FATA. He asked the government to explain its position whether it is willing to hold local bodies elections in FATA or not.


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