PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday declared the Fata Interim Governance Regulations illegal and ordered federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to set up courts within a month.

The court ruled that deputy commissioners could not exercise judicial powers and declared the interim set up unconstitutional.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Musarrat Hilali ordered the federal and provincial government to open regular courts within a month in tribal areas.

The decision was taken on a petition filed by a lawyer Ali Azim Afridi who adopted that interim set up was implemented in violation of the Constitution of Pakistan and sought the court to set it aside.

The decision is considered as victory for those who want to mainstream tribal areas and implement the reforms in letter and spirit.

The federal government had decided to implement interim rules till complete mainstreaming of tribal areas with KP.