JI welcomes passing of pro-FATA bill

LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has described the passage of the Bill in the National Assembly extending the jurisdiction of the Supreme and the High Court to the tribal areas as a big victory of the tribal people, but deplored the delay in the abolition of the FCR, FATA’s merger with Khyber P., and its quota in the National Finance Commission. He was addressing the participant s of the JI central workshop at Mansoora on Friday evening.

Sirajul Haq said that the extension of the apex court’s jurisdiction to the tribal areas was an important step towards the restoration of their basic human rights and the abolition of the black Law of FCR. However, he said, the government had partly accepted tribal peoples’ demands. He said the government should have moved a comprehensive bill for the complete end of the FCR, FATA’s merger with Khyber P. and fixing three per cent of the NFC for the area.

He said that despite the recommendation of Sartaj Aziz Committee, the government had wasted an opportunity of bringing the tribal areas at par with the other parts of the country. He said it seemed that the government wanted to gain time to complete its term. However, he said, that the JI would not rest at ease until the tribal people got their lawful rights.

He said that the developments in the Balochistan Assembly against the Federal government’s wishes showed that the government’s grip had weakened and it had lsot control over the affairs of the country.

The JI chief said the Kasur incident had exposed the good governance of the government as it had been proved that the masses and even their minor children were not secure.

He termed the government’s performance as totally disappointing and said the rulers did not have any solution of the masses problems. The life and property and honour of the people was not secure and they were deprivations all around.

He said the JI was striving for the Nizame Mustafa in which everybody would get justice at his doorstep.