JI chief criticises govt for legal void in ex-FATA

Says tribal people are now disappointed over the merger with K-P


Mureeb Mohmand December 14, 2018
PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: The erstwhile Fata has literally become a lawless land owing to a persistent legal void, said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Sirajul Haq on Thursday.

The Peshawar High Court had annulled the Interim Government Regulation (IGR) but extension of provincial judicial system could not take effect. “There is no judicial system in the tribal districts, the people of the merged areas have no representation in the legislature and neither do they have a local government system,” Haq said talking to the media during his visit to Bajaur tribal district.

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Haq said general elections took place in July, subsequently four provincial and one central government was formed, but people of ex-Fata were not given representation.

The tribal districts have no representation in K-P assembly, no delimitation and no sign of both provincial and local government elections.

The government has not announced any schedule for provincial election in these tribal districts.

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“The government has made no change in the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) except changing the name of Political Agent and Assistant Political Agent,” Haq said.

“The K-P government has not allocated money for tribal district which are now part of K-P nor has it announced any scheme for tribal district in its annual developmental programme,” the leader of JI said. People of the merged areas were very disappointed over merger of Fata with K-P. 

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2018.

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