Zardari allows political activities in Fata
The News, August 14, 2009
Political Parties Order extended to tribal areas; administration stripped of unbridled powers
By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari announced the lifting of ban on political activities in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) on the Independence Day on Thursday.
“Today I am announcing the permission of political activities in the Fata to bring them into the main political stream,” he said while addressing the nation on the Independence Day at the presidency during a special programme.
The programme was also attended by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chairman Senate Farooq H Naik, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and federal ministers.
The president said Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, his cabinet and political parties of the country backed this decision. “We all are united and will take along the PML, the MQM, the ANP, the JUI-F and all other political parties and make a consensus decision either it relates to Balochistan, Pukhtunkhwa or any other issue,” he added.
He said parliament and the people were united and will allow no one to derail democracy. “Pakistan came into being with democracy and democracy will safeguard the country,” he added.
The president saluted the armed forces for defending the country and flushing out terrorists and extremists. He also saluted the people of Malakand and Swat who rendered great sacrifices for the country.
He paid tributes to the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan, Hussain Shaheed Sohrwardy, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed for offering scarifies for the country.
The president also announced major legal and political reforms in the tribal areas to extricate them from a century of bondage and subservience and usher them into the mainstream of national life, describing it as a gift to the nation on the Independence Day.
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