The lawyers from tribal areas have demanded amendment in the Frontier Crimes Regulation (The law in itself is a crime against humanity) be amended. These lawyers have also demanded the extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to FATA.
However, the requirements to bring the people of tribal areas at par with the rest of the nation are much greater; Nothing less than FATA becoming a province with its own elected assembly, political administration and other trappings will bring peace and prosperity to the area and enforce a will among the tribes to fight terrorism.
The absence of a province of their own, and the presence of the cruel FCR law has held in abeyance the progress of the tribes. The shameful law contains sections which allow the political administration to demolish the house of a tribesman in his absence without informing him of his crime or giving him a chance to defend himself, legally. To give another example: A political agent (PA), who also has the powers of a session judge and deputy commissioner, can send a tribesman to the gallows on the basis of a report prepared by his staff and signed by the tribal elders whose positions and means of living depend on the goodwill of that very PA. Again, the condemned individual has no right to defend himself as he would in any court anywhere in the civilized world: The accused tribesman does not have the right to appeal; to be represented by a lawyer, or to submit evidence in the PA's court. As such, for all practical purposes, the PA is the chief executive, the head investigator, leading prosecutor and the top judge in the political agency of his posting: there is no escape for a tribesman from PA's clutches.
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Be it dialogue with the top political and military leadership or back door channel diplomacy, Pakistan has always reiterated its pledge to play its positive role for maintaining durable peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan political and military leadership have also conveyed its message to the international community that peace of the whole region is linked with the peace in Afghanistan. Along side, this factor must also be kept in mind that, no one can guarantee permanent peace unless and until total withdrawal of NATO forces is ensured form its soil.
The economic woes of Pakistan have also increased after the Afghan –US and Afghan USSR war in Afghanistan. So in order to compensate and support Pakistan, a viable marshal economic plan is required for its economic revival. Pakistan needs millions dollars of aids to rehabilitate its institutions and lost infrastructure. Since it was not Pakistan own war but pushed into the war by the vested interested on the behest of big power to protect and fulfill their nefarious designs. But now it has to face an acute economic challenge and hurdles and no one is there to steer it out from the mess. It had also to bear a huge economic loss in the so called war against terror. Therefore it is the moral and legal obligation of the international power to help and support Pakistan at this critical stage. But it seems to us that the US is least bothered to resolve this grievance of Pakistan once and for all. As against it has always stressed to do more at the alter of nominal aid. As also indicated by senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani in a press conference the other day that john Kerry repeated mantra of do more in sugarcoated words. Kerry also said that the do-more policy would continue in light of the president Obama s policy. Even the US is also not ready to announce a sufficient economic Package for the rehabilitation and renovation of the affected infrastructure by terrorism. Restoration of the routine life activities is not possible at once. Terrorists are also at large at the garbs of refugees. For this purpose a viable and effective screening system is also required for the passage of the IDPs and refugees. Only after the completion of the said process any plan to maintain peace can be realized in to practice.