President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday promulgated the Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Fata) Bill 2018 into law.

The president signed the bill on the advice of the prime minister.

The bill had already been approved by the National Assembly. The Senate adopted the bill on April 13 despite the opposition by JUI-F and PkMAP.

The federal cabinet had approved the extension of the SC and Islamabad High Court (IHC) to Fata in September last year but the NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice later changed it to the PHC from IHC on the request of MNAs from Fata saying it would be extremely cumbersome for residents of Fata to travel to the federal capital for justice.

Extension of courts' jurisdiction is part of Fata reforms and one of the 20 points of the National Action Plan (NAP) developed to counter terrorism in the country.