Opposition leaders staged a walkout from Parliament over FATA reforms bill issue

Opposition lawmakers staged a walkout from the National Assembly for the ninth consecutive session after a bill on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) reforms was absent from the agenda once again, DawnNews reported on Thursday.

On Tuesday, after the opposition registered its protest over the government’s inability to table the Fata reforms bill, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had assured parliamentarians that the bill would be presented in the lower house on Wednesday.

Despite the speaker’s assurance, however, the bill was not presented in the Assembly on Wednesday which sparked protests and a walkout by the opposition.

Hours after Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch annou­nced in parliament that the government intended to introduce “Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Fata) Bill 2017 in the National Assembly on Thursday (today), Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) jirga council members regarding the Fata reforms for the first time.

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