He termed the passage of the bill as a roadmap towards the complete extension of Pakistan’s regular laws to the tribal areas. Zeb was of the view that the extension of the superior courts’ jurisdiction to FATA was a long-standing demand of the tribesmen who have otherwise remained deprived of their basic rights since birth. He said the move would not only ensure the protection of the fundamental rights of the tribal people, but would also help to ensure that the rule of law prevailed in the tribal areas. PTI youth wing activist and member of Provincial Youth Assembly Muhammad Ayub Khan said that the extension of the superior courts’ jurisdiction to the tribal areas would not only ensure speedy justice to the tribesmen, but would also improve the socio-economic condition of the tribal areas. Jamaat-e-Islami Bajaur chief Qari Abdul Majeed said that the passage of the bill was a truly remarkable step towards provision of judicial and basic rights to the people of the tribal areas.
Source: Pakistan Today January 13, 2018 16:52 UTC