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The Federal Cabinet has approved placing of Federally Administered Tribal Areas bill before Parliament to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas. The cabinet decided that after passage of the bills, abolition of FCR, extension of jurisdiction of the Superior Courts and implementation of normal laws of the country will 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 political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of FATA.

Analysts on Telephone: 

Ghalib Khan Wazir (Leader, PML-N):

On the behalf of FATA people I would like to thank PML-N leadership that make the dreams of tribal people come true. It is a historic development and is a reward for the tribal people for their patriotism with the country. It is also decided to abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulation in which a political agent was given extra powers. The bill of extending jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas and other reforms will be presented in National Assembly soon. Now quality education system will also be promoted in these areas and certain development projects will also be initiated.

Shah Jee Gul Afridi (Leader, PML-N):

I am thankful to Allah Almighty for this achievement. This decision should have been made a long ago. FATA people will get all the basic rights including quality education, basic health facilities and justice as well. Frontier Crimes Regulations system was considered as the biggest hurdle to evolution in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. A National Implementation Committee under the prime minister has already been constituted for overseeing the political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of FATA. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif took a major step two years ago to bring about change in the status of Fata for making it part of the country as settled area.

No military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan- Pakistan and Turkey reiterated that Afghanistan's neighbors and regional countries need to work together for facilitating a politically negotiated settlement under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. They reiterated that Afghanistan's neighbors and regional countries need to work together for facilitating a politically negotiated settlement under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Agreement to this effect reached at Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif's meetings with Turkish leadership in Ankara. The Turkish President reiterated his country's unflinching commitment to broaden and expand brotherly relations with Pakistan.  Khawaja Muhammad Asif reaffirmed Pakistan's strong desire for further strengthening strategic partnership between the two countries. The Foreign Minister also called on Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and discussed issues pertaining to further strengthening of bilateral relations.  Khawaja Asif also held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavusoglu. The President Mamnoon said Afghanistan issue can be solved through dialogue and not war. He said that Pakistan will continue to help Afghan brethren for stability in Afghanistan. The President was addressing Pakistani community at Astana on Tuesday.

Analyst on Telephone:

Abdullah Gul (Leader, PML-N):

Pakistan is passing through a critical time. It is the point of concern that despite of doing so much against terrorism the United States is still urging to Do More. Pakistan is rightly taking the neighboring countries into confidence regarding the Trump’s statement alleging Pakistan for having safe haven for the militants. The visit of Foreign Minister to Turkey is fruitful. Khawaja Asif and Turkish President developed mutual consensus that there is no military solution to Afghan conflict as it could only be resolve politically and asserted that lasting peace in Afghanistan was important for stability in the region. Foreign Minister and Turkish leadership also discussed grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and Turkey has supported the Pakistan’s stance to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.

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