PPP wants powers to legislate on FATA transferred to parliament



ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) wants the National Assembly and Senate to legislate on the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), which has been severely hit by wave of terrorism and consequent military operation, in the last few years.
The opposition party made the demand in a resolution that it submitted in the National Assembly Secretariat, to be taken up in the upcoming session of the House, which is scheduled to meet after Eid. “All legislation on FATA should be undertaken by the legislative assemblies i.e. the National Assembly and the Senate,” the resolution reads, which was signed by MNAs Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr Nafisa Shah, Shazia Atta Marri and Syed Naveed Qamar. 
Presently legislative and executive powers for the region are with the president and, per extension, his representative, the governor of KP, and the political agents, while elected representatives of the area in parliament have no say in these matters. It may be recalled that the same demand was also made by the European Union (EU) when it presented its observation report on 2013 election conducted in May last year and noted that elected representatives of these areas are not empowered to legislate for their people in parliament. Furthermore, the opposition also submitted a calling attention notice and adjournment motion in the National Assembly Secretariat on Monday. The calling attention notice of the party regarding urban air pollution was mitted by MNAs Azra Fazal Pechuho, Beelam Hasnain, Imran Zafar Leghari, Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani and Shahida Rehmani. “According to a recent report released by the World Bank titled; ‘Cleaning Pakistan’s air’, Pakistan’s urban air pollution is among the most severe in the world and it engenders significant damage to human health and the economy,” the notice read. PPP said that since this matter is of urgent public importance, therefore it should be raised immediately on the floor of the House. An adjournment motion regarding the recent retrenchment at PIA was submitted by MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Mohammad Ayaz Soomro, Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Ehsanur Rehman Mazari. 

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