PESHAWAR, 29 April: A two-day workshop on Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) held at the University of Peshawar (UoP) concluded here today.

Organized by FATA Studies and Governance and Peshawar Uplift, non-governmental organisations, the moot was participated by lawyers, journalists, FATA students and others. UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rasool Jan was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the workshop, speakers said that the Constitution of Pakistan should be extended to the tribal area the way it exists in other parts of the country. Following the constitutional obligation of treating all the citizens of the country equally, people of tribal areas should also be given their rights, they added. They sought an immediate abolishment of the FCR, urging the federal government to give status of the province to FATA.

Talking to the TNN, the tribal students said: “Unlike rest of the country, FCR has been enforced in FATA. First of all, Constitution of Pakistan should completely be extended to FATA. Steps should be taken to boost literacy and people should be given fundamental human rights [guaranteed in the Constitution]. All the powers in tribal belt rest with the Political Agent, which should be delegated to the appropriate forums.”

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