PESHAWAR, October 28: The Senate of Pakistan has passed a resolution to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and High Court to the tribal belt.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar presented the resolution, which was unanimously passed.
The resolution says that as per the Constitution of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are part of Pakistan and its residents should have equal access to basic rights just like other Pakistanis, but that still the SC cannot issue orders regarding the matters of tribal region.
It adds that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly also passed a resolution two years ago, demanding amendment in the Constitution regarding extension of the superior courts’ jurisdiction to the tribal region.
It says that if the provincial assembly passes any bill, the parliament must take action accordingly to make it a law.
In order to acquire justice, residents of the tribal areas have been demanding the right to appeal in the superior courts. The Peshawar High Court (PHC) had also briefed the parliament to legislate in this respect.