Pakistan parliament to vote on tribal province merger

The northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) border Afghanistan and have been difficult to control for years.

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    Pakistan's parliament is set to vote on whether the FATA tribal regions in the northwest will be absorbed into a neighbouring province.

    Leaders in Islamabad want FATA to become a formal part of Pakistan by merging it with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, also known as KPK.

    It's a move the government hopes will stop the area being a sanctuary for armed groups.

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.


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