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An opened door on the reforms of Fata must not be closed: Senator Farhatullah Babar




An opened doors on the reforms of FATA must not closed.  Fata needs to get rid of FRC and executive orders from Islamabad, as a last colonial legacy. Moreover, the peace in rest of Pakistan is conditional to the peace in FATA, which is again conditional with the peace in Afghanistan. This was a consensus among Keynote Speakers and participants, who attended a seminar on The Merger of Fata, arranged by Shaheed Bhutto Foundation, here at Szabist campus Auditorium, Islamabad.

The seminar was presided by Senator Farhatullah Babar, and addressed by another Senator from FATA, Sajid Hussain Turi, Senator Rubina Khalid, Akhunzada Chattan, Ayaz Wazir, Afrasiyab Khattak, Asif Khan, Anita Mehsud, and was hugely attended by representatives from different tribes of Fata, political parties, civil society activists, academia and concerned citizens.

Senator Farhatullah Babar was very passionate, as he spoke with his concluding remarks that, an opened door on the reforms of Fata must not be closed, as Fata needed to get rid of colonial baggage of FCR and Executive Orders from Islamabad. For this, he opined that the drivers of change in Fata are its own people and no other actors, who are politicizing the proposed merger, at its critical time when there was a consensus across country on its board-based reforms, most preferably its conditional and gradual merger with the KP.

In his speech, senior analyst, Ayaz Wazir advocated that, in the light of broader and longer interests, the demand of a separate province carried more weight, as with that option, Fata, would have an access to more resources, representation. However, this option was strongly opposed by other speakers and attendees. On which, he responded that, instead of a merger of Fata with KP, a separate province would be more beneficial and futuristic. For this, as an option, no one should grossly overrule or discard that.

Senator Sajid Hussain Turi, who himself belonged to Fata passionately seconded the option of a merger instead of other options – either referendum or status quo, as he argued be proceeded without any delay, otherwise, since last seventy years, Fata was stuck in between rule of law or as otherwise, negatively known in rest of county and abroad.

Senator Turi also suggested several points for its inclusion in the proposed Rawaj Act that had to replace as and when FCR is discarded with the proposed reform package. He emphasized more on the latest census, resource allocation, developmental package and an issue of IDPs that needed rehabilitation, before any reform package on the fate of Fata.

Senator Rubina Khalid appreciated the reform package on Fata and provided a critical appraisal on its way-forward. On which, she viewed that Federal Government was unclear and lacked clear-headed plan on its way-forward, creating more confusion and doubts.

Akhunzada Chattan, a former PPP, MNA from FATA had a thunderous talk, as he demanded that like naming of NWFP to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA also needed a renewed identity that it lacked since the birth of country. Before any reform, he demanded a three-pronged solution. For which he asked for a peace to the Fata, which he thought was dependent on the complete rehabilitation of dislocated IDPs, added with their basic human rights, as he lamented Fata, badly lacked on those three fronts. In that unfortunate scenario, he questioned that, how any reform package of its merger with KP would become a success?

Asif Khan criticized Maulana Fazl Rehman and Mehmood Khan Achakzai, on becoming a last-minute barriers towards Fata reforms as Cabinet is skeptical and reluctant to approve since months. He argued that it could jeopardize the overall process that was turning into a big success, if inked finally, with diversified inputs and taking on-board all political forces.

Aneeta Mehdud, a PTI activist clearly advocated the merger of Fata with KP, as she thought, an age-old mindset and mechanisms were the real barrier for making it happen. For this, she appealed all forces to second the merger of Fata with KP, as in her opinion also as the daughter of a tribe from Fata, it was the most appropriate option to move with.

Earlier, Sikandar Ali Hullio, Chief Executive, Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF), welcomed all participants and briefed that, SBF has been closely monitoring and facilitating the reform package on Fata in both technical and opinion-making capacities. He also told that the merger and Fata and its way-forward needed marathon deliberations, before its announcement. For which, SBF was making all possible efforts including that particular seminar which gathered all sections of the society.

The End.





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Former President Zardari condemns bomb blast in Lahore

Islamabad, 23 February 2017: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned blast in Defense area of Lahore in which reportedly eight people have died and many more injured.

Former President in a statement said that targeting innocent people is the most cowardly and despicable act which must be condemned. He said that Pakistani nation will never succumb to violence by the terrorists.


He also prayed to Almighty Allah for grant of eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery of injured. He also sympathized with the bereaved families. 

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Interviews for PPP Hyderabad bodies held at Bilawal House 

KARACHI, February 23: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that new PPP organizations will be vibrant and truly representative of workers aspiration.
PPP Chairman stated this during conducting interviews for the Divisional and District office-bearers of Hyderabad Division and its nine Districts at Bilawal House today. Senior Party leaders MNA Farya Talpur, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah,Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Nisar Khuhro, Waqar Mehdi, Senator Aajiz Dhamrah, Naveed Qamar and others were also present during interviews.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had dissolved all the provincial, divisional and district organizations of the PPP last year and inducted Provincial Coordination Committees in all the provinces for reorganization after holding district level workers meetings.
Following the recommendations, the PPP Chairman has conducted interviews from the short-listed candidates from Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Sujawal and Thatta districts today.
Interviews of candidates from Karachi, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad Divisions will be held tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
Talking to Party candidates during interviews, the PPP Chairman said that Party was going to face new challenges in the future and we have to prepare to meet these challenges and safeguard the interests of people, democracy and our country as the most organized and vibrant democratic force.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari heard the submissions of every aspirant for the Party offices from these districts and assured that potential of every PPP worker will be utilized for the benefit of Party mission left behind by our martyred leaders Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

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Former MQM MNA Sardar Nabeel Gabol called on former President of Pakistan and President PPPP Asif Ali Zardari and announced to join PPP

img-20170222-wa0038KARACHI, February 22: Former MQM MNA Sardar Nabeel Gabol called on former President of Pakistan and President PPP-P Asif Ali Zardari and announced joining the PPP at Bilawal House this evening.


On the occasion, Nabeel Gabol expressed full confidence in the leadership of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari.

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Bilawal Bhutto conducts interviews for PPP Larkana, Sukkur bodied 

KARACHI, February 22: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari started interviews for Divisional and District bodies of the Party in Sindh province at Bilawal House from today.

Interviews were conducted for Larkana and Sukkur Divisions and the Districts falling in their jurisdictions separately. Women Wing President Faryal Talpur, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, PPP Sindh President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, former Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Aftab Shahban Mirani, Maula Bux Chandio, Waqar Mehdi, Agha Siraj Durrani, Mir Aijaz Jakhrani, Senator Aajiz Dhamrah, Rashid Rabbani and other senior leaders were present on the occasion.

It may be mentioned here that PPP Chairman had dissolved all the Provincial, Divisional and District organizations of the Party all over the country and nominated Provincial Coordination Committees to hold district level workers meetings to seek their opinion for electing new office-bearers. The Committees completed the Hercules task after hard-work spanned over several months and submitted its recommendations to the Chairman Secretariat.

Candidates short-listed by the Sindh Coordination Committee for Larkana and Sukkur Divisions and Districts Larkana, Jacobabad, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Shikarpur, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Sukkur, Khairpur and Ghotki.

Conducting the interviews, the PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that new organizations shall have a huge responsibility as the Party was heading to general elections next year. He said that PPP will stage a rousing comeback all over the country as masses are yearning for good governance, employment, peace, prosperity and equality for all which all have been snatched by the PML-N government.

Interviews for Hyderabad Division will be conducted on February 23, Karachi on February 24 and Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad on 25.

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Interviews for PPP Larkana Division started by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Interviews for PPP Larkana Division started by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Women Wing President MNA Faryal Talpur, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Nisar Khuhro, Waqar Mehdi, Senator Aijaz Dhamrah, Agha Siraj Durrani, Aijaz Jakhrani and others also present.






1. Mr. Sohail Anwar Siyal


2. Mr. Aziz Ahmed Jatoi


3. Mr. Muhammad Ali Bhutto


4. Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio


5. Mr. Ramesh Lal


6. Mr. Abdul Fattah Bhutto


7. Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo


8. Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro


9. Mr. Ameer Bakhsh Gaad (Expired)


10. Mr. Muhammad Ali Bughio


11. Mr. Muhammad Amin Shaikh


12. Mr. Aijaz Ali Laghari


13. Haji Mazhar Junejo


14. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khoso


15. Mr. Muhammad Saleem Soomro


16. Dr. Tanveer Gaad


17. Mr. Khair Muhammad Shaikh


18. Mr. Mashooq  Ahmed Jatoi


19. Mr. Tariq Siyal






1. Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba Khan Isran


2. Mir Nadir Ali Khan Magsi


3. Mr. Tariq Khan Khuhawar


4. Mr. Sardar Khan Chandio


5. Mr. Qamaruddin Gopang


6. Mr. Riazuddin Abro


7. Mr. Irshad Ahmed Lakho


8. Mr. Punhal Soomro


9. Mr. Deedar Hussain Wadho


10. Mr. Muhammad Ayub Buriro


11. Dr. Niaz Hussain Chandio


12. Mr. Aijaz Brohi


13. Dr. Ayaz Tunio


14. Mr. Gada Hussain Gopang


15. Mr. Rahim Bux Bughio


16. Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Shaikh


17. Mr Ramesh Lal


18. Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi


19. Mr. Ghulam Hussain Khokhar


20. Mr. Burhan Khan Chandio






1. Mr. Mumtaz Hussain


2. Mr. Aurangzaib Panhwar


3. Mir Aijaz Ali Khan Jakhrani


4. Mr. Liaquat Lashari


5. Mr. Abdul Sattar Brohi


6. Dr. Sohrab Khan Sarki


7. Mr. Abdul Aziz Abro


8. Mr. Mohsin Ali Sarki


9. Mr. Abdul Qadir Buriro


10. Mr. Jameel Ahmed Dayo


11. Syed Mehboob Shah


12. Mr. Rehmatullah Khoso


13. Ms. Saira Shahliani


14. Mir Imran Khan Bijarani








1. Mr. Gul Muhammad Jakhrani (MNA)


2. Mir Abid Hussain Sundrani


3. Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani


4. Mir Shabbir Ahmed Khan Bijarani


5. Mir Ehsanullah Khan Mazari


6. Mr. Abdul Rauf Khoso


7. Dr. Fida Hussain Mirrani


8. Mr. Mukesh Kumar Chawla


9. Mr. Sadiq Hussain Golato


10. Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirrani


11. Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Shahliani


12. Mr. Muhammad Suleman Dashti


13. Mr. Altaf Khoso


14. Mr. Iftikhar Surhiyani


15. Mr. Asadullah Khoso


16. Mr. Gul Muhammad Jakhrani (Senior)


17. Mr. Dhal Khan Jakhrani


18. Mr. Noor Hassan Gishkori


19. Dr. Mahar Chand


20. Mr. Israr Khoso








1. Qazi Naeem


2. Agha Siraj Khan Durrani


3. Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh


4. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Kumario


5. Mir Babul Khan Bhayo


6. Mir Abid Hussain Bhayo


7. Agha Amjad Khan Pathan


8. Agha Taimur Pathan


9. Mr. Naseer Ahmed Lodhi


10. Mr. Kamran Khan Mahar


11. Mr. Nazimuddin Dahar


12. Mr. Nadir Baloch


13. Mr. Naif Khan Mahar


14. Mr. Sikandar Ali Kehar

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Bilawal Bhutto felicitates newly-elected office-bearers of Karachi Union of Journalists

KARACHI, February 21: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has extended felicitations to the newly-elected President Hasan Mansoor, General Secretary Faheem Siddiqui and other office-bearers of Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ).

In a congratulation message, the PPP Chairman said that strengthening democratic traditions among the journalist organizations was a good omen for the country and democracy.

He appreciated all the candidates who contested the KUJ elections in truly democratic manner and hoped that those who won the election will take entire journalist community of the metropolitan along for protection of freedom of press and expression.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that journalists are the eyes of society and their role as independent and impartial is admired in every society.