Saturday, September 25, 2021

SC wraps up suo motu case of lack of courts, police in tribal areas


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday wrapped up a suo motu case pertaining to the non-availability of courts and police in tribal districts after the 25th amendment.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar disposed of the case after an assurance by the federal law officer and Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding provision of all such facilities in the tribal areas at the earliest.

The bench observed that tribal districts should have facilities at par with the rest of the country.

Earlier, the top judge had taken suo motu notice of the lack of courts and police in the tribal areas after their merger with KP.

He had taken the notice on a report published in a section of media stating the 25th amendment in Constitution was passed by the Parliament and the KP Assembly in haste, allowing FATA’s merger with KP.

As a result, the FATA Interim Governance Regulation, 2018 replaced Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). However, there is neither police to investigate crimes nor courts to decide cases. Only political agents have been replaced with deputy commissioners.

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