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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday reached Karachi on a four-day visit, ARY News reported.
According to sources within the party, Khan will hold a meeting with representatives of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry today afternoon, besides attending a party’s membership camp in Malir area of the city.
The PTI chief is also expected to address a press conference in the evening today at residence of PTI Karachi chapter leader Firdaus Shamim Naqvi, the sources said.
Khan will also address a workers’ convention at 5pm and visit PTI Sindh leader Haleem Adil Sheikh’s residence in Karachi to express his condolences on the demise of his brother.
Earlier today, the PTI chief held a brief meeting with Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in Islamabad.
The duo discussed the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms bill, sources said.
On Saturday, Khan had threatened the government to hit the roads if Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) did not merge with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before the 2018 elections.
Addressing the FATA youth convention, the PTI chief said any further delay to merge the war-torn semi-autonomous tribal region would keep the issue hanging for next five years.
Throwing light on poor infrastructure in FATA, Khan stressed need to reconstruct the tribal region. “It’s not possible to develop the FATA without its merger with KP,” he underscored.
He opined that the terrorism would spread in FATA if authorities failed to fill out the vacuum created owing to anti-terrorism operations in the region.
Coming down hard on government allies, he said the JUI-F and the PkMAP, two political parties, had been opposing the FATA-KP merger. “These parties have been doing politics at the cost of tribesmen’s miseries.