NA clears bill ex­tend­ing SC, PHC ju­ris­dic­tion to Fata

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: The Na­tional As­sem­bly has passed a bill ex­tend­ing the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Supreme Court and Pe­shawar High Court (PHC) to the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (Fata).

Law Min­is­ter Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk moved ‘The Supreme Court and High Court (Ex­ten­sion of Ju­ris­dic­tion to the Fata) Bill 2017.”

Ex­cept for the Jamiat Ulema-eis­lam-fazl (JUI-F), the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion par­ties sup­ported the leg­is­la­tion.

Be­fore mov­ing a list of amend­ments re­jected by the House, JUI-F law­maker Naeema Kish­war made a failed at­tempt to dis­rupt pro­ceed­ings by point­ing out lack of quo­rum though the re­quired strength was present on THE loor. SHE also staged a two-minute to­ken walk­out against the leg­is­la­tion.

She called for sub­sti­tut­ing words “Pe­shawar High Court” with the “Islamabad High Court.”

OTHER RE­FORMS

The govern­ment as­sured the law­mak­ers of bring­ing other re­forms too, in­clud­ing the merger of Fata with Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as per rec­om­men­da­tions of the Fata Re­forms Com­mit­tee. The bill for merger of Fata with the KP still hangs in the bal­ance due to op­po­si­tion from the JUI-F and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP).

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for States and Fron­tier Re­gions Ab­dul Qadir Baloch said the bill for the Fata-kp merger would be in­tro­duced at an ap­pro­pri­ate time. He said credit went to the govern­ment for abo­li­tion of the Fron­tier Crimes Reg­u­la­tion (FCR) and ex­ten­sion of su­pe­rior courts’ ju­ris­dic­tion to the tribal ar­eas. “To­day all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are united on main­stream­ing of tribal ar­eas. The tribal ar­eas will also be merged with Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa at an ap­pro­pri­ate time as per the rec­om­men­da­tions of Fata Re­forms Com­mit­tee,” he said.

NU­MER­OUS SAC­RI­FICES

Op­po­si­tion Leader Syed Khur­sheed Shah termed it a step towards main­stream­ing of the tribal ar­eas. “An­other step towards the merger of Fata with the KP should also be made,” he said.

Shah said the peo­ple of tribal ar­eas HAD GIVEN nu­mer­ous SACRIICES AND they should be re­warded by merg­ing Fata with the KP prov­ince.

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