JI ameer for KP Mushtaq Ahmed Khan. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mushtaq Ahmed Khan says he will approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) law which is a black law imposed on the Fata people.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar on Tuesday, Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said the people of Fata have got right to appeal and argument for the first time with approval of the bill by the Senate to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (PHC) to tribal areas. He said the passage of the bill was a big achievement for the people of the tribal areas.

He said he would approach the apex court against the FCR after the President of Pakistan signs the bill. He said a black law like FCR cannot be tolerated in a civilised society. He said the Fata people have virtually become slaves of the political agents under the FCR.

The JI leader said that after getting rid of the FCR, the JI will make sure that Fata is merged with KP. He said the provincial assembly seats should be given to Fata before the general elections. He said Fata should get a massive development package besides share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Mushtaq Ahmed Khan criticised the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for what he termed discriminatory attitude towards the Fata people. He said the computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of so many people of Fata have been blocked by Nadra. He said the government should provide at least 30,000 jobs to the youth of Fata to mitigate their sufferings.

The JI leader said compensation to the owners of the damaged hoses in Fata should be increased keeping in view the inflationary pressure. He said peace returned to Fata due to sacrifices of the Pakistan Army.