Bill extending powers of top courts to Pak’s Fata passed

The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill, 2018, was moved by Law Minister Mahmood Bashir Virk.

Taking the floor, Virk said the bill was drafted after consensus from all the leaders and other stakeholders.

Senators from the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) staged a walkout in protest against the tabling of the bill. It was approved by the National Assembly earlier.

During the session, Jamaat-e-Islam chief Siraj-ul Haq said that the people of Fata were given the right to vote in 2009. “People of Fata don’t even know about their rights.”

The Fata reforms, which include its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as well as the extension of court jurisdiction, are a part of one of the points listed in the National Action Plan (NAP) countering terrorism Pakistan.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjranai also formed a special committee to look into the matter raised by Senator Muzaffar Shah regarding acute water shortage in Sindh due to non-implementation of Water Accord 1991.

The committee was formed with the consent of the Leaders of the House and opposition.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed assured that no changes are being made in 18th Amendment of the Constitution. He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Raza Rabbani and Sassui Palijo.