Cabinet approves new bill for FATA
EXTENDING JURISDICTION OF SUPREME COURT, PHC TO REGION
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ISLAMABAD: As a major step towards mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), the federal cabinet approved yesterday submitting of a bill in parliament seeking to extend jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court (IHC) to the tribal areas. The decision was taken during a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. It was decided that after its passage through parliament, abolition of Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), extension of jurisdiction of the superior courts and implementation of normal laws of the country would be enforced in the tribal areas in a phased manner. This will be reinforced by a massive development effort which will be financed through allocation of additional resources from the divisible pool after concurrence of all stakeholders. A National Implementation Committee under the prime minister has already been constituted for overseeing the political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of Fata, the cabinet was informed. After the new bill is approved by Parliament, it will ensure the implementation of Article 247 (5), which empowers the President to make regulation for peace and good governance in FATA. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday, while chairing a national committee session on the implementation of FATA reforms, said the reforms seek to improve the conditions of the tribal areas and its residents. It was decided during the meeting to appoint a chief operating officer for FATA.