Islamabad: The President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has signed the bill that gives Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court extension to FATA. The bill approves of extending the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court to the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The President has approved of the bill on the recommendation of Prime Minister.
The extension of the jurisdiction of the superior courts was one of the demands of the people from tribal areas for a long time as they wanted to be treated the same way as the rest of the country. The People of the tribal areas have also been demanding the merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016, in favour of merging FATA with KP. The aim of the merger was rehabilitating and reconstructing the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities.
The recommendations to bring the tribal areas to be treated the same as the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2, 2017, but the matter had been delayed since then.