PPP to fully back FATA rights: Zardari  

PPP to fully back FATA rights: Zardari   

ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Friday that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would participate in every movement that demanded rights for the people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

He was talking to members of the Parliament hailing from FATA, including Haji Gul Afridi and Sajid Toori, who called on him at the federal capital.

The meeting deliberated over matters pertaining to postponement of the amendment that calls to merge FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Zardari assured the visiting representatives of FATA that PPP would stand by them for their rights. During the meeting, Zardari said that PPP did not acknowledge any "governor or permit rule". He announced to be part of a sit-in in Islamabad if the people of FATA decided to stage one for their rights. He further vowed to provide 'Aftaar' to the protesting people of FATA in case a demonstration was held in the month of Ramadan.

Earlier this week, Zardari participated in Grand FATA Jirga held in Peshawar and admitted to his mistakes and injustice done to the tribal areas during past government of PPP that completed its tenure in 2008.