Fed Cabinet approves presentation of FATA Bill before Parliament

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has approved placing of Federally Administered Tribal Areas bill before Parliament to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting of the cabinet in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The decision was taken during meeting of the federal cabinet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair. 
It was decided that after its passage through the Parliament, abolition of FCR, extension of jurisdiction of the Superior Courts and implementation of normal laws of the country would be enforced in the tribal areas in a phased manner. 
This will be reinforced by a massive development effort which will be financed through allocation of additional resources from the divisible pool after concurrence of all stakeholders. A National Implementation Committee under the Prime Minister has already been constituted for overseeing the political, legal, administrative and developmental mainstreaming of FATA, the Cabinet was informed. 
Besides, the Cabinet also accorded approval to Finance Division for laying the Annual Report of SECP for the year 2015-16 and that of Competition Commission of Pakistan for the year 2013 and 2014 in the Parliament after publication in the Gazette of Pakistan. 
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority's Annual Report for 2015-16 and state of Industry Report for 2016 was also presented before the Cabinet.
The Prime Minister directed the concerned ministry for a comprehensive presentation to the Cabinet on power generation, distribution & transmission, liabilities and recoveries and load management in the country. 
The Cabinet also approved signing of agreement between the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of Tanzania on abolition of visa for diplomatic and official passport holders. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a high level meeting to review trade balance and measures to boost exports. Ministry for Commerce presented various short term and medium term options to increase exports and contain imports.
The Prime Minister directed to ensure that no option considered should have a dampening impact on Pakistan's economic growth rate and development. The meeting also focused on GSP Plus status and reviewed various measures to expand and deepen exports into the European markets.
The Prime Minister stated that he would like the Pakistani diplomatic missions abroad to serve as economic and trade ambassadors of Pakistan. The Prime Minister took notice of revision of export numbers by the Bureau of Statistics and instructed that all reports should be duly verified for accuracy before public announcements. The Prime Minister appreciated that the overall balance of trade has improved in the month of August, 2017.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Commerce Parvaiz Malik, Special assistant to the PM on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to PM on Media Affairs Musadik Malik, Special Assistant to PM Ali J. Siddiqui and senior government officials. - NNI