ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has demanded the federal government to immediately table the FATA Reforms bill in the National Assembly, saying that delay in implementing the complete reforms package is causing unrest in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
In his twitter messages on Tuesday, Imran Khan said that a full package of FATA Reforms including abolition of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), extension of Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (PHC) jurisdiction to the tribal areas, and amendment in article 106 of the Constitution allowing for increase of seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly to accommodate representatives from FATA must immediately be tabled in the Lower House.
Imran Khan said that the government’s non-serious approach to FATA Reforms is an insult to the people of the tribal areas who have sacrificed so much but have still to be given their full democratic rights.
The Chairman PTI also said that delay in implementing the complete reforms package is causing unrest in FATA and will have serious repercussions.
Earlier in the morning, the Opposition Parties again staged a walkout in the National Assembly after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government failed to table the FATA Reforms bill in the House.
The Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah said that the government is not serious about the implementation of the FATA Reforms bill.
Khursheed Shah said that the opposition will continue its protest unless the FATA Reforms bill is presented before the House for approval.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said while speaking in the National Assembly that the government desires to present FATA Reforms bill in the Parliament after developing consensus among all the parties.
Sheikh Aftab said that matters pertaining to FATA Reforms bill and Constitutional amendment for delimitation of constituencies will be sorted out through dialogue with the parties. He said that said it has always been effort of the government to take guidance from the Parliament on important matters.