ISLAMABAD 27 September 2017: The humans in FATA have no rights. The only demand that all tribes over generations have been repeating was for an access to basic rights with the provision was basic facilities, with the mainstreaming of this troubled strip with the rest of Pakistan. This was the consensual point of all speakers in a speech competition at graduation level students among all agencies students of FATA. Titled as the Status of Human Rights in FATA, it was arranged by Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF) in collaboration with All Fata Students Forum (AFSF).
The young speakers were so passionate that one after another came to the podium and repeatedly pointed to the basic and human rights available to the citizens of Pakistan, with the impressive choice of words and expressions. Some even lamented that, the citizens of FATA were not treated even at equal levels with the rest of citizenry settled across Pakistan. Their unified message was singular that irrespective of any differentiation, the writ of rule of law must of extended to the FATA, and extensive reform package consisting short and long term initiatives be launched on war-footing as decade-long war is ending there.
Mr Asad Afridi, belonging to Khyber Agency and studying at Kyber Model College stood first and was awarded Rs 5,000/- in cash. Mr Zulifqar Ahmed of FR Kohat stood second, meanwhile Mr Alamgir Khan and Mr Nauman Khan belonging to Bajaur Agency stood third and fourth respectively and were awarded cash prizes including certificates of appreciation.
The panel of judges, comprising Mr Ajmal Wazir, Mr Taraq Waheed and Mr Qirat Rehman in their short notes thanked the organizers and contestants, with a reassuring message that such healthy and competitive activities and strives among youth in the FATA can reduce radicalization by paving the way for the peace and stability in the region and for the generations to come.
Earlier, Mr Sikandar Ali Hullio, CEO, Shaheed Bhutto Foundation informed to the audience that, the first round of speech competition took place in all FATA Agencies and for the second and final round, all the contestants and delegates travelled from respective areas, that was much appreciated by all attendees on the grounds that besides politics and conspiracies, the FATA and its new generation needed a respite and break where they could also opt for alternatives to utilize their talents.