ISLAMABAD, Jan 13 (TNS): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday felicitated the nation on unanimous passage of a bill in the National Assembly to extend jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
In a message, he said the extension of jurisdiction of superior courts to the FATA would be a first step in the tribal areas reforms. Its passage by the National Assembly was a historic measure for tribesmen and it could also help repeal the decades old Frontier Crimes Regulations, PM office media wing in a press release quoted the prime minister as saying.
Congratulating the residents of FATA, the prime minister observed that it was a day of great omen as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had secured their rights which had been denied in the last seventy years.
The passage of the bill would also enable the tribesmen to enter into the national mainstream, further strengthening Pakistan, he added.