NA passes bill extending PHC, SC jurisdiction to FATA

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

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Minister for Law and Justice Mehmood Bashir Virk tabled the bill which was passed by the House.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) Naeema Kishwar opposed the bill and presented amendments to the bill which were rejected by the lower house.

Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said that the house had first successfully brought about the election reforms and now had extended the courts’ jurisdiction to Fata.

Minister for SAFRON Adbul Qadir Baloch said that credit goes to PML-N government for passing this bill as per aspirations of people from FATA.

The lawmakers from FATA have been demanding the merger of the tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

However,  bill to merge Fata with KP still hangs in the balance amid opposition by the JUI-F and PkMAP.

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