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Senate passes bill bringing FATA under SC, PHC jurisdiction

Senators from the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party staged a walkout in protest against the tabling of the bill.
The bill has already been approved by the National Assembly. During the session, Jamaat-e-Islam Ameer Sirajul Haq said that the people of Fata were given the right to vote in 2009.
“People of Fata don’t even know about their rights,” he added.
The Fata reforms, which include its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the extension of court jurisdiction, are a part of one of the points listed in the National Action Plan (NAP) countering terrorism in the country.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Khan Sanjranai also formed a special committee to look into the matter raised by Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah regarding acute water shortage in Sindh due to non-implementation of Water Accord 1991.
The committee was formed with the consent of the Leader of the House and Leader of the opposition.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed assured the House that no changes are being made in 18th Amendment of the Constitution.
He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mian Raza Rabbani and Sassui Palijo.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani also admitted an adjournment motion moved by Dr Sikandar Mandhro to discuss the report that Pakistan will run out of forests within next 50 years if deforestation continues at the current rate.