ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari late Monday signed Shariah Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 after it was recommended by the National Assembly earlier in the day through a resolution with a majority vote. The regulation will come into force with immediate effect in the Malakand Division, referred in the law as Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) of North West Frontier Province, including Swat some other districts. Farhatullah Babar, spokesman for the Aiwan-e-Sadr, confirmed that the President had signed the regulation, as forwarded by the Parliament. With the enforcement Shariah Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009, the earlier regulations of 1999 have been repealed. Any law, custom or tradition contrary to the basic teachings of Quran and Sunnah has also been stated to be removed, according to the text of the newly enforced regulation. However, the text of the regulation tabled in the National Assembly does not explain with specification of the names of the areas of the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) and districts of the NWFP. But the agreement signed between the government and Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi (TNSM) on February 16 it has been clearly indicates the enforcement of Shariah Regulation 2009 in seven districts and provincially-administered tribal areas of the province including Districts of Swat, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral, Shangla, Bunir and Dsitrict Kohistan of Hazara Division. Earlier, National Assembly on Monday passed Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 resolution with overwhelming majority while Muttahida Qaumi Movement abstaining. The resolution has recommended President Asif Ali Zardari to approve Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 for the implementation of Sharia Law in Malakand Division. Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Babar Awan moved the resolution in the House that was adopted by all the political parties except MQM that opted to abstain from voting. After the passage of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 resolution by the National Assembly, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated the House saying that by supporting the implementation of the agreement signed by the Provincial Government, the National Assembly had honoured the mandate, desire and the will of the Provincial Government. It is the manifesto of the PPP to make the Parliament sovereign and supreme institution and passage of this resolution is a major step in this direction, he observed. The Regulation provides for Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi through courts in the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas of the NWFP except the Tribal Areas adjoining Mansehra district and the former State of Amb. Earlier, at the time of laying down the Regulation Draft before the National Assembly by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Babar Awan, the ANP lawmakers protested over the move but Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani stood up at his seat and told the House that the Regulation was not being presented for amendments rather the government needed a 'moral support of the peoples representatives. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation had been laid before the National Assembly as the government wanted to develop consensus on national issues. Prime Minister Gilani said that he had already talked to the ANP leader Asfandyar Wali and JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman after which it was laid in the House. He said that the government did not want to bypass the House as the parliament was sovereign. We want that our hands should be strengthened and that the whole nation is behind us, he said adding that he was present in the meeting, where it was agreed among President Asif Ali Zardari, Governor and the Chief Minister NWFP that there should be an agreement in Swat. The President gave his consent. He gave a go-ahead for striking an agreement with the local authorities. The agreement was done with our consent, he stated. The Prime Minister said that it was in the spirit of the supremacy of the Parliament that the House requested the speaker to set up a committee which should present recommendations on the national security after Parliaments closed door session. The Prime Minister said many people of NWFP, which was in the forefront of the war on terror, had laid down their lives fighting terrorism and the government had appreciated their sacrifices. He said the government was committed to implementing the agreement and that Pakistan should be respected in the international community. Leader of Opposition Ch. Nisar Ali Khan offered PML-Ns all-out support to the regulation and said it should be approved without further delay. He said the regulations involved serious legal and constitutional implications, however, dragging of feet on their approval would be taken as inspired by some foreign elements. Lauding ANP for its efforts to bring about peace in Swat as well as striking this particular deal, Ch. Nisar said the party had even endangered its political career for this cause. Federal Government should have gone for what ANP had done in Swat. Taking part in a brief debate on Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 after its tabling in the National Assembly, former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao questioned as to why the resolution was being presented in the National Assembly, although it was barred by the Constitution to interfere in issues pertaining to FATA or PATA. ANP MNA, Pervez Khan Advocate got more emotional over Shariah Regulations in Swat and described these as pact for the future of younger generations. He called for immediate approval of Shariah Regulations. MNA from FATA Munir Orakzai endorsed the comments of Pervez Khan and pressed for approval of the regulations as early as possible. It should be approved today. Munir Orakzai proposed such kind of arrangements be made to figure out challenges in FATA. PML-Q MNA Riaz Pirzada appeared uncomfortable with terms and conditions of Shariah regulations and asked what if Sufi Muhammads Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) did not abide by the deal. He underlined the need for a binding factor to make TNSM to strictly adhere to the deal. MNA from Swat Syed Allauddin said people of this restive valley had undergone countless miseries in the wake of turbulent times. He called for immediate approval and implementation of Shariah regulations, which he hoped, would put an end to the hardships confronting the people of Swat. Dr. Farooq Sattar of MQM said more time was needed to fully dilate upon the regulations. We are not in a position right now to say either 'YES or 'NO to the regulation. Rather, MQM would abstain if it was required to go 'for or 'against the regulation, he added. APP adds: In deference to the resolution passed unanimously by the National Assembly recommending to the President to accord approval to the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation (NAR) 2009, President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday authorised the Governor NWFP (Pakhtoonkhawa) to promulgate NAR.