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Fazlur Rehman expresses reservations over extension of SC, PHC jurisdiction to FATA

Fazlur Rehman expresses reservations over extension of SC, PHC jurisdiction to FATA

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. – A file photo

January 13, 2018

PESHAWAR: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday expressed reservations over passage of the bill by the National Assembly for extension of the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (PHC) jurisdiction to FATA.

Talking to media persons after a meeting with Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch after passage of the bill in Islamabad, the JUI-F chief said the prime minister and the SAFRON minister had assured him that the issue of FATA reforms will be kept pending till consensus of all the stakeholders on the issue. However, he said, the government brought the bill to the assembly without taking him into confidence. He added that the speaker did not allow the JUI-F members to speak on the issue, thereby depriving them of their right.

Abdul Qadir Baloch said only one point from the 25 points in FATA reforms has been approved by the National Assembly. He said the matter of FATA-KP merger will not be taken up until complete consensus over it.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also declared the extension of the Supreme Court and PHC jurisdiction to FATA insufficient.

The PTI MNA Murad Saeed said the government should immediately merger FATA with KP. He said the people of FATA are not satisfied with this one step and more needs to be done.

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