Seeking Fata-KP merger, Imran moves SC

ISLAMABAD –  The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has requested the Supreme Court to order that the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas be merged with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in view of the peculiar facts and circumstances.

The PTI chief, Imran Khan, on Wednesday filed a petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution through Babar Awan, for the enforcement of fundamental rights of the Fata residents.

Khan has made president of Pakistan, federation through secretaries Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of SAFRON and the in-charge Fata as respondents.

Khan stated that the constitution in its preamble dictates to observe the principle of democracy, freedom, equality and social justice and also all right of territories of the federation including the areas of Fata.

He said under Article 4 of the Constitution the people of Fata enjoyed the equal protection of law and to be treated in accordance with the law.

Khan stated that it was noteworthy that the president under Article 247 was mandated to make regulations for peace and good governance of the Fata’s areas in order to bring poor people and war-ridden areas of the Fata at par with the rest of the areas of the federation.

He said that the respondents in consultation with the government of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, being a stakeholder and also relevant authorities, made the Fata reforms package, which was announced by the respondents unequivocally on national fora and media.

He said the people of the Fata and their representatives staged sit-in to get implemented the Fata reforms package duly announced by the federations.

However, it is very unfortunate that the respondents sat over this urgent call of people since November, 2015 and this is evident from the Fata Reforms, 2016 Committee report, Khansaid.

The KP government fulfilled its constitutional requirement and consented to forthwith include the Fata areas into the KP for this purpose, adding all arrangements have been made and decisions taken by the provincial government already including the Resolution No 848 adopted by the KP provincial assembly.

The suffering of the Fata people can only end if the Fata is merged with the KP and is bought at par with the rest of the people of Pakistan through enforcement of fundamental rights, enshrined in the Constitution, he said.

However, the in-action on part of the respondents to enforce the Fata Reform Package offended the principle of policy laid down in the Constitution and violates the fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan, Khan said.

The entire exercise is complete for the enforcement of right of the people of the Fata but the respondents are delaying the same on one pretext or the other, he said.

Filing of the petition before the Supreme Court is the only option.


The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan, on Wednesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The ECP on October 24th dismissed the PTI chief’s reference against Ayesha Gulalai, seeking to de-seat her as member of the National Assembly.

Gulalai, who hails from the Fata, was elected as MNA on a women’s reserved seat.

She parted ways with the PTI after levelling allegations of sexual harassment against its chairman, Imran Khan.

In the appeal, the PTI chief stated that on August 28, 2017, he filed a reference against Ayesha Gulalai under Article 63A of the Constitution for her disqualification as she had voted against party direction.

In the parliamentary committee meeting held on July 27, 2017, Gulalai was issued direction to vote for Sheikh Rashid as the party candidate for the prime minister, but she acted in violation of the directions.

Imran Khan said that the ECP on October 10, 2017 decided against him, therefore he was filing appeal in the apex court.

The appeal said that Gulalai was issued a show cause notice on August 10, 2017, in which she was given reasonable opportunity of being heard.

Gulalai had addressed a press conference, during which, she publically declared and announced that she had resigned from the membership of the PTI, it claimed.

The ECP in its judgment held that no reasonable opportunity was allowed to Gulalai and the steps taken in accordance with the law and procedure.

The commission also held that they were constrained to hold that Imran Khan had failed to prove that Gulalai had tendered resignation on August 1, 2017.

The absence of Gulalai cannot be termed as abstention, it held.


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