Wednesday, 25 January 2017

FATA to become part of KPK

Living under the black law of British-era rule called FCR (Frontier Crimes Regulations) act, people of FATA have always been denied basic rights of appeal, wakeel, daleel. The militancy-hit area is run by the Governor KP on the orders of the President of Pakistan by the federal government. The jurisdictions of Supreme Court and High Courts don't apply on FATA. The jirga system runs the federally administrated tribal areas. Penetrated with talibanization, the women have been denied with the basic rights. Cutting short, an area too much oppressed.

As of 24th January, 2016 - The federal government has decided to merge FATA with KPK for which required legislation would be carried out after the approval of the federal cabinet.
According to the plan, FATA will be put under the control of provincial government and an annual grant of 100 billion has been proposed for FATA's development as a result of the merger will be given from the Federal Divisible Pool.

The British-era law known as the FCR Act is a black law and an open violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 constitution of Pakistan. The merger, therefore, would extend the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and High Courts to the tribal areas by amending the article 247 and other relevant laws. As a result, the residents of FATA will be able to protect their fundamental rights as any other citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Yes, that's right. The people of the tribal areas, till now, were not even full citizens of Pakistan.

Almost all the political parties support the merger of FATA with KPK including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

The PTI-led KP government had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016 in favour of merging Fata with KP that would help rehabilitate and reconstruct the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities. And of course, basic human rights.

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