Federal Cabinet approves presentation of FATA bill before parliament to extend the jurisdiction of SC to tribal areas
A meeting of federal Cabinet was held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. The meeting approved placing of Federally Administered Tribal Areas bill before the Parliament to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas. It was decided that after its passage through the Parliament, abolition of FCR, extension of jurisdiction of the Superior Courts and implementation of normal laws of the country would be enforced in the tribal areas in a phased manner. The Cabinet was informed that a National Implementation Committee under the Prime Minister has already been constituted for overseeing the political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of FATA. It also accorded approval to Finance Division for laying the Annual Report of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan for the year 2015-16 and that of Competition Commission of Pakistan for the year 2013 and 2014 in the Parliament after publication in the Gazette of Pakistan. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority's Annual Report for 2015-16 and state of Industry Report for 2016 was also presented before the Cabinet. The Prime Minister directed the concerned ministry for a comprehensive presentation to the Cabinet on power generation, distribution and transmission, liabilities and recoveries and load management in the country. The Cabinet also approved signing of agreement between the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Tanzania on abolition of visa for diplomatic and official passport holders.
Host: Muhammad Ayyaz Aslam
Co-Host: Umar Iftikhar
Shahab-ud-Din (Leader, PML-N)
It is the extreme desire of the tribal people that they should also be given the right to be the part of national streamline. The Federal Cabinet has approved placing of a bill before the Parliament in order to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas and this decision was taken during meeting of the federal cabinet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. This decision is highly appreciable. Some political leaders have opposed the same bill in the past and the reason of which is beyond understanding. A committee has also been constituted for overseeing the political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of FATA.
Topic: Topic: ADB to provide 435m dollars to Pakistan
Asian Development Bank will provide 435 million dollars loan for Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project and Public-Private Partnership Investments in Sindh. Agreements to this effect were signed in Islamabad today, while Finance Minister Ishaq Dar witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreements, ADB will provide loans of 335 million dollars for Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project and 100 million dollars for Supporting Public-Private Partnership Investments in Sindh. Department for International Development of the United Kingdom will also provide a grant of 19.23 million dollars for Supporting Public-Private Partnership Investments in Sindh. Speaking on the occasion, Ishaq Dar said Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project entails construction of a 26-kilometer corridor and associated facilities, which will benefit 500,000 people. He also said that Supporting Public-Private Partnership Investments in Sindh will help in developing policies of the provincial government for sustainable infrastructure provision through Public-Private Partnerships. Country Director ADB Ms. Xiaohong Yang assured her bank's support to improve the economy and boost development in Pakistan.