FATA Reforms Bill: Opposition walks out of NA on 3rd consecutive day

NA approves 107 supplementary demands for grants

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday, for third consecutive day, walked out of session of the lower house over FATA Reforms Bill.
Earlier while speaking on the point of order, Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah warned that there would be no vote until FATA Reforms Bill was incorporated in National Assembly’s agenda.
He added that until then, the opposition parties would not set in the parliament and would continue to walkout from the sessions of the lower house.
Shah said that 95 percent population of FATA was eager to become part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that government should follow its own constitution instead of any other act or agreement of the British era.
Shah said that the people of FATA should be given their due right as per other citizens of the country.
Meanwhile, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that the government was committed to introduce FATA Reforms Bill in the National Assembly.
Responding to a point of order in the house, the Minister said that the cabinet had already approved the bill.
He said that the FATA Reforms committee has made 25 recommendations, including extending jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the high court.
Abdul Qadir pointed out that due to some technical reasons, the government had withheld the bill but hopefully it would be tabled in the House in one or two days.

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