FATA to repeal British-era regulations within a week

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government is expected to repeal the colonial-era Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) within a week, Minister of States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said Friday (December 8), Dawn reported.

The FCR was established in 1901 during British rule. Under the law, residents of FATA do not have the right to appeal, the right to legal representation (wakeel) and the right to present evidence (daleel). It also includes the practice of collective punishment, allowing government authorities to hold entire clans responsible for the crimes of individuals.

"The FCR is a black law. It is necessary to rid ourselves of it," Baloch told reporters, adding that the law would be repealed within a week.

The governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will send a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain to repeal the FCR shortly, Baloch said.

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