President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari will host two separate Iftar dinners for the tribal elders on August 12 and 13 at the Presidency Islamabad , political agents and representatives of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) before announcing extension of the Political Parties Act to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on August 14, 2011.
It has been learnt that the tribal jirga comprising 10 elders from each tribal agency along with the political agents of all tribal agencies will meet the President on August 13 to discuss the expected extension of the act to tribal areas .
The president has also invited the representatives of major political parties and members of the NDI on August 12 at 4pm, who had discussed and unanimously demanded extension of the act to tribal region.
The NDI in collaboration with the British High Commission had invited all political parties of Pakistan having representation in the Parliament to discuss how to introduce reforms in FATA tribal belt. After deliberations for a period of a month, the participants unanimously suggested the extension of the political parties act to Fata to open the doors for political and administrative reforms. This has also been demanded by several quarters before who believed that absence of this act meant disenfranchisement for the tribal people.