National Security Policy will be placed at National Assembly today. Government of Pakistan may change status of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR)

National Security Policy will be placed at National Assembly today. Government of Pakistan may change status of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR)

Islamabad: Pakistan is moving fast towards a change in policies towards radical forces and religious components and those had been an integral part of strategic architect of Pakistani civil and military bureaucracy. This shift may also change the administrative status of tribal areas. The Cabinet unanimously approved National Security Policy in its meeting. Federal Minister for Interior, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan would give detailed policy statement on the approved policy, on the floor of the house on February 26, 2014. Government is also considering for change Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).

Around 350,000 residents of North Waziristan and South Waziristan will arrive to settled areas as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Around 35000 persons have already arrived to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtun Khawa. Abdul Qadir Baluch will be incharge of handling with IDPs.

The Federal cabinet that met with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in chair decided that fight out with elements that are habitual of threating the writ of the State of Pakistan.

The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) comprises a special set of laws of Pakistan which are applicable to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwestern Pakistan. The law states that three basic rights are not applicable to the residents of FATA – appeal, wakeel and daleel (the right to request a change to a conviction in any court, the right to legal representation and the right to present reasoned evidence, respectively).[1]

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The FCR has its origins in the Murderous Outrages Regulation (FOR) which was enacted by the British Empire to prosecute crimes in British India. The Murderous Outrages Act 1877 was specifically devised to counter the opposition of the Pashtuns to British rule, and their main objective was to protect the interests of the British Empire. The laws are currently applied by the Government of Pakistan to FATA residents.

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