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Senate passes bill extending SC, PHC jurisdiction to Fata

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday unanimously adopted a bill extending the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court (PHC) to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

The Senate passed “The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill, 2018.”

Law Minister Mahmood Bashir Virk moved the bill aimed at extending jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court to Fata.

Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Khan Sanjrani formed a special committee to probe the matter raised by Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah regarding acute water shortage in Sindh province due to non-implementation of Water Accord 1991.

The committee was formed with the consent of the Leader of the House and Leader of the opposition.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed assured the House that no changes are being made in 18th Amendment of the constitution.

He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by PPP senators Mian Raza Rabbani and Sassui Palijo.

The minister said the unanimously passed 18th amendment is a great achievement of political parties, for which Rabbani’s contribution is also commendable.

On Jan 12, the National Assembly unanimously adopted the Bill after protests by the opposition parties over the government’s failure to introduce the bill on reforms in FATA and its merger with KP.

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