The protesters started clash with the police forces outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Sunday as the lawmakers of the Assembly are due to decide regarding the FATA-KP merger bill today. (APP Courtesy File Photo – Protest in Pakistan)

According to reports, the merger bill will be presented before the lawmakers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly as tensions are underway mainly due to the opposition of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) lawmakers.

The police are said to have baton-charged the protesters to stop them from entering the assembly building. The police also shelled tear-gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesters, according to Geo News.

However, the protesters, who are reported to be members of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl, pelted stones at the police officers.

The source further adds that the clash between police and protesters has left at least five people slightly wounded while at least ten have been detained.

The JUI-F lawmakers had reached the assembly building Sunday morning to besiege it in protest, the news channel reported.

Earlier, lawmakers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) had expressed their reservations over the FATA-KP merger bill.