SC allows petition against merger of FATA

SC allows petition against merger of FATA A very interesting case: Justice Umar Bandial remarks

F.P Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Wednesday granted a petition for a preliminary hearing against the 25th amendment to the Constitution relating to the merger of tribal districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In the Supreme Court petition was submitted by the petitioner Anwarullah Afridi against the 25th Amendment argued that Article 247 (6) of the Constitution was not taken into account in the 25th Amendment.

He argued in the petition that Article 247 (6) cannot be violated in merging tribal districts in KP or creation of new province.

On the occasion, Justice Umar Ata Bandial remark-ed that “you have brought a very interesting case.”

The court allowed the petition against the 25th Amendment for preliminary hearing, and issued notices to MNAs and senators from the tribal districts, including the federal and KP governments.

The 25th Amendment of 2018 was passed with the aim of according full citizenship to the men and women of the region and bringing the region at par with the rest of Pakistan.

But the area is still experiencing exclusionary policies.

The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Attorney General for assistance and adjourned the hearing indefinitely.

SC adjourns Gun & Country Club case for two weeks: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing of the case regarding Gun and Country Club Islamabad for two weeks.

The court also extended the tenure of ad hoc committee from July until the next hearing.

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the suo moto notice case regarding allotment of land worth billions of rupees by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to The Gun and Country Club, Islamabad at a throwaway price and the latter’s application regarding extension of time in the matter.

During the course of proceedings, the court ordered the Secretary Ministry of Inter-Provincial Cooperation to complete the proposal for running the club within a month.

The CDA’s counsel said the Gun and Country Club had occupied 72 acres of its land.

Justice Bandial said the court would not return the land to the CDA after dissolving the club. The CDA in consultation with the Secretary IPC should determine the lease amount of the land. They should also determine as to how much land was required for the club and the excess one would be returned to the CDA, he added.

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