Frontier Crimes Regulation amendments lauded

Islamabad: “Amendments in FCR and the extension of Political Parties Order 2002 is a milestone towards the Fundamental rights and democratization of FATA” said the Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Engr. Shaukat Ullah during a meeting with the people of FATA who visited his office here in Islamabad to congratulate him and the democratic Government on the landmark achievement.

The Minister lauded the tireless efforts of FATA Parliamentarians under the leadership of Munir Khan Orakzai, The Governor of Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa alongside intelligentsia and legal experts of the country. “During the last hundred plus years, people of FATA were Governed by the Draconian laws of FCR – A legacy of the British Colonial Power, the Minister recalled.

With the amendments in FCR, now fundamental rights of people of FATA will be ensured, like the right of bail for every accused and the exemption of women, children below sixteen years and elders above 65 years of age from the collective responsibility. The accountability of the political agents and a numerous other amendments for the prosperity of the people of FATA, will open a new chapter, the Minister explained.

Upon the extension of the Political Parties Order 2002, the Minister said, now all the political parties will have an easy access to the tribal areas for the propagation of their manifesto, formation of their bodies and campaign for their candidates. The people of FATA will now have a sense of being the first class citizens, at par with people of other areas of the country.

He also appreciated the role of Justice ® Ajmal Mian and Mr. Habibullah Khan Khattak, Secretary SAFRON, who had also served as Additional Chief Secretary FATA, for their efforts in this regard.

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