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Party : Muttahida Quami Movement
Name of Party Leader : Afaq Ahmed
Home Page : http://www.mqp.org.pk/
Aims & Objectives :
** The Aims and Objectives of the Mutahida Qabail Party (MQP) are very clear.
** Our main objective is to declare FATA as a Province, so that we can utilize our own resources for the development of area and to uplift the life standard of inhabitants.
** We also aim to bring Peace & Stability as its basic need now a days.
** We are committed to work for the Fundamental Rights of neglected tribal and for the Social and Economic Development of area.
FATA Tribes :
** The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are located along Pakistan’s north-western Hamalaya zone and south-western Sulaiman Mountains and runs as a narrow tract along the river Indus with the parallel lines almost north to south.
** It consists of seven semi-autonomous agencies or administrative units – Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Kurram, Aurakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan.
** Additionally, the FATA includes ‘frontier regions’ that adjoin the districts of Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.
** This tangled mass constitutes an area of 27224 sq kilometres and is inhabited by around 3.17 million people belonging to different Pukhtoon or Pushtun tribes.
** The 1400 miles (2500 KM) long Durand Line, which was drawn in 1893 by the British colonial rulers of India, geographically divides the Pushtun tribes in the region between Afghanistan and the FATA of Pakistan.
** The FATA has remained strategically important since the times of “the Great Game” for imperial domination that took place in the 19th century.
** The Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) is strategically located between the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and the settled areas of KPK(khyber pakhtunkhwa).
** FATA, both historically and traditionally had a unique administrative and political status from the British times since 1849.
** However, in 1893, a demarcation was raised with Afghanistan called Durand Line.
** They controlled the area through a combination of effective Political Agents and tribal elders, while leaving the people with their traditions and internal independence.
** Pakistan inherited this system and more or less continues with it even today. Since the independence of Pakistan, FATA has not been accorded the same priority in terms of the development process being undertaken in other parts of the country.
** The development initiatives and allocations in FATA followed a compartmentalized approach, concentrated around sectoral facilities and benefiting few influential and politically active sections.
** This ad hoc approach deprived large segments of the population from social uplift, and economic empowerment.