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NJJN stresses political parties act in FATA.

ISLAMABAD, July 15, 2011 (Balochistan Times): It is time to repeal the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) 1901 and place a humane mechanism in Federally Administered Trial Areas (FATA) so that people of FATA may enjoy basic human rights. The members of National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) said this during a press conference on the launch of the post card campaign against the FCR here at National Press Club on Thursday. The members told that the British Government first introduced the FCR following the close border policy to control the tribal attacks on British Indian Army after tribal wars in 1897. Executive Director SPARC Arshad Mehmood told that 5000 post cards will be sent to the President of Pakistan to strain him for immediate action, which will be signed by the researchers, teachers, students, lawyers and activists. The Director said people of FATA mainly women and children are deprived of fundamental rights through the FCR as in the given political system the FCR made space for criminals and militants live in the region and train children and young people to become part of the militant activities. On Augustth 2009, the president had announced to repeal the FCR and declared it draconian law that deprives women, children and other innocent people from their rights in the constitution, civil society expected that FCR would be amended but no progress witnessed on the article, he added. Arshad Mehmood said that by December 2010, there were11 children detained under the FCR in different prisons of Khyber Pukhtookhwa (KPK). He said that during the year 112 children were arrested and detained under the FCR. Moreover, the NJJN requested the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari to ask the National Assembly and Senate to amend the constitution to transfer the powers to the legislative provincial assembly of KPK that would repeal or amend the FCR.

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