BAJAUR AGENCY, Dec 11: Speakers at a seminar held here in connection with “International Human Rights Day” on Tuesday termed Frontier Crimes Regulation, absence of fundamental rights and a proper social justice system as main hurdles in the development of Federally Administered Tribal Areas and urged the government to take speedy efforts for the provisions of basic constitutional rights to tribesmen.
All Bajaur Political Parties Alliance (ABPA) organized the seminar, where leaders of various political and religious parties, tribal elders, tribesmen and a number of social activists were in attendance.
All Bajaur political parties Alliance president Gull Dad Khan, Pakistan Muslim League- N member national assembly Shahab ud Din Khan, PML-N leader Haji Rahat Yousaf, Dr Mohammad Gull Pechawal, Society for the protection of Rights of children Agency Coordinator Hanifullah Jan and Haji Sultan Khan Umary of PTI addressed the seminar.
They said that provision of basic human rights to the tribal areas is the long standing demand of tribesmen because it’s necessary for the sustainable development and progress of the region.
“The tribesmen are the citizen of Pakistan but we don’t know why the government has deprived them of fundamental rights as we believe that tribal people can’t make progress until constitutional rights and social justice are provided to them”, political leaders urged.
The speakers criticized the federal government for not taking practical steps for the provision of fundamental rights to the tribal people.
Speaking on the occasion Pakistan Muslim league-N law maker from Bajaur Shahabuddin Khan said the federal government was committed to extend civil law and fundamental rights to Federally Administered Tribal areas. He claimed that efforts have been speed up to provide basic civic facilities and constitutional rights to the tribesmen and a comprehensive reforms package for the Fata would be announced soon.
“I have convinced the Prime Minister that Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and lack of constitutional rights are main hurdles in way of tribesmen progress and I hope new reforms packages would help in bringing positive changes in the lives of tribesmen”, he added.