PR No. 80 FATA REFORMS “REWAJ BILL, 2017” HAS BEEN FINALIZED …. LAW MINISTER Islamabad
Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Zahid Hamid has said that Rewaj Bill, 2017 has been finalized in line with the wishes of the people of FATA giving full protection to their rewaj as well as bringing them in the mainstream by introducing the normal system.
In his statement, Federal Law Minister said on Saturday that Prime Minister constituted a high level committee to come up with concrete reform package to alleviate those miseries of masses in FATA. The Committee took up the challenging task and started its work from grass root level. He said that People of FATA were involved in the process. Their views and suggestions were taken right at their door steps. Minister argued that the Committee held a series of meetings in FATA and KPK with various tribes including their elders and came up with pragmatic, imperative and meaningful reforms package.
Zahid Hamid said that draft of the Rewaj Bill, 2017 has been finalized, the bonding of the people of FATA with their rewaj remain in focus and the bill will protect the rewaj and at the same provide recourse to High Court and Supreme Court. He said that mainstreaming of FATA is recommended for which necessary legislation will be done and the Prime Minister has approved the introduction of the Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 in the National Assembly.
He said that proper judicial system will be established wherein the role of tribal jirga has been duly legalized. “The black provisions of FCR are proposed to be deleted and all fundamental rights are to be provided effectively” he said .Minister said that peculiar feature of proposed law is the flexibility for its gradual implementation so that the gradual development on ground matches the legal reform.
He concluded that another important recommendation is allocation of 3% of the Federal divisible pool on annual basis for ten years in addition to existing PSDP allocation of Rs.21 Billion. It will provide extra fiscal space for implementing reform package on ground and there will be no financial constraints.