JI terms Fata-Pata regulation bill HR violation
By: Rauf Khattak
PESHAWAR – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, termed the Actions in Aid of Civil Power – 2011 Regulations Bill for FATA and PATA, a gross violation of human rights and announced to challenge it in court.
Addressing a press conference at Almarkaz-e-Islami, Peshawar on Sunday, the JI KP Ameen Prof Muhammad Ibrahim Khan said the bill was a ‘license’ in the hands of the administration to assassin those who stood in opposition to the government by extra judicial killings.
He announced that they would challenge the Actions in Aid of Civil Power – 2011 Regulations Bill in the court of justice and stated that they also decided to put public pressure on the government to take back this ‘black law.’ He said in this regard they planned to launch protests as well. The JI KP Secretary General Shabbir Ahmad Khan, JI Fata chapter Ameer Sahibzada Haroon-ur-Rashid, JI KP Naib Ameer Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Secretary Information Israrullah Advocate were also present on the occasion.
Dwelling upon the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) issues, Prof Ibrahim said that the new laws intended towards these regions were in fact a step on the part of the government to relegate judiciary and to come up with full powers in their hands similar to that of dictatorship.
He said that by empowering an officer to announce lifelong imprisonment along with powers of even hanging people, was to enslave masses but JI was to resist all such manoeuvring and adding that they trusted the judiciary of the country and it would do away with all such kind of ‘black laws.’ He said that in the times of the incumbent rulers all limits of human rights have been crossed and were violated in its severity that could not be found in the past and maintained that the incidents of Kharot Abad, killing of Sarfaraz Shah in Karachi, or extra-judicial killings of innocent people of tribal areas were some of the examples not found in the past.
Source: The Nation