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Senate passes bill extending higher court jurisdiction to FATA

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Senate Friday (April 13) approved a bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (PHC) to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Dawn reported.

The move is a step toward an eventual merger of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with FATA, which currently operates under a tribal legal system established under the British-era Frontier Crimes Regulation.

The National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, passed the bill in January.

Two political parties, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) (JUI-F) and the Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), opposed the bill.

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