ISLAMABAD: The house plunged into uproar over declaring FATA an independent area by Chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai in National Assembly (NA).
Speaking at flour of the house, he said that he follows the Constitution of Pakistan, adding that those who don’t follow the Constitution are traitors. He said Parliament will be responsible of consequences if decisions are imposed against the will of people of FATA .
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that the government is committed to FATA reforms.
Replying to points raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah and others on the issue in National Assembly Thursday , he said FATA Reforms Package comprising 36 points was formulated in consultation with all stakeholders.
The Minister said that the government believes in the supremacy of the Parliament, therefore, the Tribal Areas Rewaj Act was laid before the House the other day. He said mainstreaming of tribal areas and abolition of FCR are main points of the package. Abdul Qadir Baloch rejected all rumors about the FATA reforms.
Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said that FATA is part of Pakistan and there is no other way but to merge it with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He said that what he can say if anyone does not like Constitution or Law of Pakistan. He said that those two parties, which are protesting over the FATA reforms bill, are in alliance with the government. He asked the government to hold voting over the issue as this Parliament is representing everyone.
PTI leader said that one member cannot take decision of the entire country, adding that this session was summoned for the FATA reforms but it seems the home work has not been completed by the government. He said it was better if the government takes opposition parties into confidence before taking this bill into the house.
Minister of State for Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman laid before the House "The National Skill University Islamabad Bill, 2017".
The National Assembly today passed "The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017". The bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
The Minister said that it is a historic bill aimed at ensuring speedy justice. He said it will help reduce backlog of cases in lower judiciary.