Awami National Party has organised a tribal jirga in Peshawar to discuss
political strategy and peace process in Fata.

Party has invited over 150 tribal elders, notables and Masharan to be part of
the grand jirga, being held at the Chief Minister House in the provincial
capital on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

Provincial President Senator Afrasiab Khatak has said the jirga would be
taking stock of the prevailing political situation in Fata and related matters.
“We already have a political set-up across the tribal areas, but in the changed
scenario, when political activities have been allowed there, we will like to
draw up a fresh strategy,” remarked Senator Khatak while talking to the media.

“The lifting of the ban will help end to a great deal the influence of the
extremist elements in Fata, who wanted to mislead the youth,” he said.

ANP’s provincial working committee meeting had decided in Peshawar on August 9
to hold the jirga in the provincial capital and Asfandyar Wali was to chair it
on September 18. But it had to be postponed because of the party president
accompanying President Asif Ali Zardari as a part of his delegation.

Fata agencies and six frontier regions, including FR Bannu, FR Tank and FR Dera
Ismail Khan, will take part in the jirga.