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NA body fails to evolve consensus on Riwaj Act in FATA

NA body fails to evolve consensus on Riwaj Act in FATA
May 17, 2017

PESHAWAR, 17 May: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) on Tuesday failed to develop consensus on implementation of Riwaj Act 2017 in FATA.

Participants of the meeting agreed that the rights of the FATA people have been usurped under the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). However, the meeting ended without consensus on the issue due to differences in the viewpoints of members of the committee.

The meeting of the committee was chaired by Muhammad Jamaluddin. The meeting was told that under the proposed Riwaj Act, the FATA people will benefit from the law and their traditional system simultaneously. The members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) expressed reservations over bringing a parallel system in FATA and called for implementation of Sharia law in the tribal region. Member National Assembly from Bajaur Agency Shahabuddin Khan said replacing FCR with Riwaj Act will not bring any benefit for the FATA people.

MNAs Shazia Marri and Naeema Kishwar said the bill has not mentioned human rights, especially the women rights. They said some traditions which violate human rights should not be included in the Act. They said if the jurisdiction of the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan is being extended to FATA, then why the word “Riwaj’ is being used in the Act. They said they will never support any delaying tactics in this regard.

SAFRON Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch said the FATA Reforms Bill can be brought in the National Assembly again for necessary amendments.

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