Champions of the status quo in former Fata have not given up.
Ghulam Qadir Khan
There’s always been a trust deficit between the tribes and the rulers.
Though recent progress is largely welcomed, suspicions remain.
The trust deficit in North Waziristan has widened significantly.
Showing sympathy is easy; taking tangible steps is the real test.
There is still little clarity regarding the fate of the Khasadars.
Former Fata is still being treated as a ‘special area’.
Supporters of status quo in KP’s merged districts haven’t given up.
Tribal people must be embraced as part of the Pakistani family.
Despite inclement weather, it was a sizeable rally.
In erstwhile Fata, nothing has changed on the ground.
For the first time, elections in Waziristan were free and fair.
There was nothing left to salvage in this once bustling town.
Marginalised youth have found their voice.
What are the tribal people returning home to?
Why is there now such urgency to mainstream Fata?
When are we going to reach such a broad-based consensus again?
Focusing on border management alone at the expense of economic development will backfire.