Integeration of FATA into KP and Chellenges ahead
Rountable conferenace was attended by Minister for Religious Affairs, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, PPP leader Farhatuallh Babar, PTI leader Zartaj Gul Wazir, Munir Orakzai, Journalists, and many students.

Tayyeb Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Farhatullah Babar, Secretary General of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has asked the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to review and amend the Interim Governance Regulation (IGR) because it lacked clarity on women rights, holding of local bodies election and extension of judiciary. The IGR was promulgated by the previous government under which erstwhile Fata would be governed until it passed through transitional period.

The former senator was talking to Tribal News Network (TNN) on the sidelines of the roundtable conference titled Integrating Fata into KP and the challenges ahead, organised by Tribal Youth Organisation in Islamabad Riphah University.

The roundtable was attended by Minister for Religious Affairs, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, MNA Munir Orakzai, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir and many journalists, development experts, and tribal male and female students.

To a question that there is no woman in the task force constituted by Prime Minister Imran Khan for identifying and removing impediments in the reforms process, he said there is even no mention of protecting women rights in the regulations governing Fata. While explaining it further, he said that there are customs under which women are ‘sold’ or being given as compensation to resolve conflicts, and codifying or providing legal cover to such customs runs contrary to human rights and women rights in particular.

Regarding extension of judiciary, he said, it needed to be elaborated because as per this regulation, all the judicial powers are being given to deputy commissioners.The legal experts also voiced concerns regarding unclear roadmap on how to establish and run higher courts in the tribal areas amid call for accommodating customs and traditions.

Mr. Farhatullah Babar said there is also no roadmap for local bodies election in the regulations and in order to hold this election in the erstwhile Fata, the government of KP needs to amend the IGR. He added that neither the National Assembly nor the prime minister could stand in the way of provincial assembly if it decides to go ahead with the changes. However, whenever the provincial assembly of KP takes this step, “it will become clear who is against the mainstreaming of Fata”.