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UN asked to take note of HR violations in Fata

PESHAWAR, Sept 9: The Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan has asked United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to take notice of human right violations in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata) and force the Pakistan government to extend the Political Parties Order, 2002 to the region.

In a letter to the UN secretary-general, the deputy general secretary of JI’s NWFP chapter, Zar Noor Afridi, said that over eight million people of the tribal area were being exploited under the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), a legacy of the colonial rule.

The letter said: “The Political Parties Act, 1962 and Political Parties Order, 2002 have not been extended to the area and there is complete ban on political activities.

Fundamental rights are being violated and there is a ban on freedom of expression. Political agents have been delegated judicial, executive and legal powers and they are not answerable to the judiciary.”

The letter claimed that there was no audit of the government department and finan-

cial corruption was on the rampage.

The people of the tribal region were being treated like slaves by the administration, Mr Afridi alleged, adding that majority of the population had been living below the poverty line.

He invited attention of the UN secretary-general towards illiteracy, unemployment, lack of basic facilities in the region bordering Afghanistan, saying that people had been forced to live in caves like Stone Age period.

The letter said that Mr Ki-moon who was working for promotion of democracy across the world should fulfil his responsibilities and put pressure on the government of Pakistan through United Nation forum to extent the Political Parties Order, 2002 to the tribal area before the next general elections.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/10/2007