MNA Shajee Gul addressing a tribal gathering in Jamrud on Sunday. Photo by Sajid Ali Kokikhel.

JAMRUD, 1 November: Tribal elders, parliamentarians and leaders of various political parties have  reiterated to stage a sit-in in front of Parliament House Islamabad on November 16, against Frontier Crime Regulations (FCR) and  in favor of the Fata reforms bill here in a conference on Sunday .

The conference was convened by Member of National Assembly (MNA) Haji Shajee at his male guest house in Shakas area of Jamrud in Khyber Agenyc.  The Jirga was attended by leaders of political parties, Fata lawmakers, tribal elders, students, lawyers and common tribesmen.

Addressing the participants of the conference, Shajee Gul said that without the abolition of black law FCR, the plight of Fata people could not be changed. He said that the seven points Fata reforms bill that they have submitted  in the National Assembly was remedy to all the concerns and issues faced by tribal people.

He revealed  that they had discussed Fata reforms bill with Corps Commander Peshawar and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif before its submission in the National Assembly and hoped to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif soon to get his support for the passage of the bill in the parliament. However, Shajee said that people of Fata would be taken into confidence before bringing any alternate of FCR to the region.

He said that young generation of Fata had pinned high hopes with the bill and hoped that it would bear positive impact on the future of  tribal areas.

While speaking on the occasion  MNA from Kurram Agency Sajid Toro said “whoever opposed the  reforms bill were against progress and development in the tribal region.

” Fata reforms bill has more advantages than disadvantages for the people of tribal areas. The merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  which is one of the points of the bill,  will not affect Jirga system in tribal areas like we have seen it Provencal Administered Tribal Areas (PATA)  where Jirga system still exists.

Jamrud story pic by Sajid ali

He said that unlike other Pakistani citizens, tribal people did not have right to appeal in high courts as well supreme court which showed that tribal people did not have equal rights in Pakistan. “If Fata is merged with KP, we will have local governments, banking system and basic fundamental human and constitutional rights that we have not availed yet.” he explained.

Former and current Fata parliamentarians including Qaiser Jamal, Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Nasir Khan, Khan, Ghalib Khan, Nazir and Akhunzada Chatan also spoke on the occasion

They demanded abolition of  FCR and extension of supreme and high courts’ jurisdiction  to Fata.

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