ISLAMABD – The National Assembly on Friday approved bill seeking to extend the jurisdiction of Supreme Court (SC) and Peshawar High Court (PHC) to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The bill was presented by federal law minister Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk.
Speaking on the bill, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said credit goes to the present government for abolition of FCR and extending of the jurisdiction of superior courts to the tribal areas.
He said today all the political parties are united for the mainstreaming of tribal areas. He said the tribal areas will also be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at an appropriate time as per the recommendation of the FATA reforms committee.
In his remarks, Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah said that today we have taken another step to the mainstreaming of tribal areas.
Earlier, the house held discussion on situation arising out of the rape and murder of seven year old girl Zainab, in Kasur.
Opening the debate, Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah said that the horrendous incident has aggrieved the entire country. He regretted that the police have so far failed to nab the culprit. He said besides arresting the culprit, the government needs to take steps to avoid recurrence of such chilling incidents in future.