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CM okays over 900 judicial posts for merged districts
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has approved a summary for the creation of 907 judiciary-related posts, including those of 52 judicial officers, for the merged tribal districts, which will cost the government Rs545.7 million annually.

The development comes as the chief secretary sent the summary made by the finance secretary to the chief minister.

The Supreme Court had given six months time to the provincial government on Dec 31 for setting up regular judicial system to and enforcing the country’s regular laws in the region previously called Fata.

The court had upheld a judgment of the Peshawar High Court through which the latter had declared unconstitutional the Fata Interim Governance Regulation (FIGR).The high court had set a month’s deadline for the government to form regular courts in tribal districts.
However, the Supreme Court extended that time to six months.

Following the passage of the Constitution (Twenty fifth Amendment) Act, 2018, when the erstwhile Fata were merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Peshawar High Court had sent a summary to the chief secretary for approval on July 30, 2018, for the establishment of the sessions courts and those of senior civil judges in tribal districts.

The posts to be created include those of seven district and sessions judges and senior civil judges each for tribal districts, 14 additional district and sessions judges, 24 civil judges-cum- judicial magistrates, and other staff members.

In Nov last year, the finance secretary had made certain observations regarding the cost of creating these new posts.

“Finance Department observes that the proposed creation does not fall under the domain of Provincial Government at this stage. However, the same will be considered for the budget 2019-20 subject to a commitment by the Federal Government of additional funds or a review of the NFC award so as to make provision for the additional expenditure,” finance secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan had mentioned.

The federal government later agreed to share the additional financial burden involved in the creation of these posts.

“In our recent discussion with the Federal Government it was agreed that the Provincial Government shall create positions in Fata including those which were awaiting creation in the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government has agreed that the additional burden for creation of the mentioned positions shall be borne by the additional funds (3% of the divisible pool) provided to the provincial government,” the finance secretary wrote in the summary signed by him on Jan 31.

“Notwithstanding the uncertainty in the flow of funds during the current financial year it is imperative that the provincial government create the position mentioned in para-12 of the summary.

In case such positions are filled during the current financial year funds will be provided as a bridge finance through supplementary grant in anticipation of the receipt of funds from the Federal Government,” the summary said.

The KP government had issued a notification on Jan 29 to declare seven merged tribal districts as sessions divisions and thus, paving the way for the setting up of regular courts there.

The notification issued by the home and tribal affairs department under Section 7 of the Code of Criminal Procedure declared Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan sessions divisions.

The government also declared seven tribal sub-divisions parts of session divisions of their adjacent districts.

Hassankhel was made part of Peshawar district and sub-division, Dara Adamkhel Kohat’s, Wazir Bannu’s; Bettani Lakki Marwat’s, Drazanda DI Khan’s and Jandola Tank’s.

Malakand district enjoys unique status even after Fata’s merger
PESHAWAR: While the government and everyone has focused on the merger of the erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunhkwa province, Malakand district has been ignored as it continues to have a status different from rest of the province with Levies instead of the police tasked to maintain law and order.

The district has been enjoying a semi-tribal status despite being part of the Malakand division where all the other districts have administrative system similar to the rest of KP and the country. There is still no police in Malakand district and the law and order is being maintained by the Levies force.

Malakand district would continue with its unique administrative structure as nothing has been decided about it yet.

“There are 1,835 Levies personnel performing policing duty in Malakand district. The Levies in Malakand are not part of the 28,000 personnel that the PTI govt has approved to be inducted into the regular KP Police,” a source told The News. Similar is the status of the Levies that are assisting the police in Chitral, Lower Dir and Upper Dir districts of Malakand division. The rest of the administrative system in Chitral, Lower Dir and Upper Dir, however, is similar to other districts of the province. Mainly the police maintain the law and order in these districts like the rest of the province and Levies assist them as per the need. “There are 460 Levies personnel in Chitral, around 800 in Lower Dir and another 1,263 in Upper Dir for maintaining law and order along with the police. Like the Malakand Levies, they too are not part of those being inducted into the KP Police,” the source informed. The source added that though all the Levies personnel in the former seven tribal agencies and six Frontier Regions are being inducted into the KP Police after the merger with KP, there is still no plan for induction of the Levies of Malakand district and other three districts of Malakand division, at least during the current process of merger. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police chief confirmed that the Levies of Malakand district and rest of Malakand division are not part of the 28,000 personnel being inducted into the police force. “Under the current plan, only the Levies of the seven newly-merged districts of erstwhile Fata and six Frontier Regions are being inducted into the KP Police. The Levies of Malakand, Chitral, Upper Dir and Lower Dir are a separate issue,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Naeem Khan told The News when approached by this scribe. To ensure smooth induction of the Levies and Khassadar force from the merged districts with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, senior officials of the KP Khassadar force have already been given shoulder promotion and posted as DSP and other positions. The services of the Levies and Khassadars have been protected under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Levies and Khassadar Force (Maintenance, Regulation and Protection of Service) Transition Ordinances 2019. The Levies of Malakand division, however, have found no mention in the ordinances.


In KPK and Ex FATA, Development played major role to counter the Insurgency...

With that fact, I just want to put up my point that we need to put same Infrastructure Development in SOUTH BALOCHISTAN... Turbat - the 2nd Largest City of Balochistan and most populated BALOCH CITY in Pakistan needs to be focused...

Along with TURBAT other areas of SOUTH BALOCHISTAN needs to be focused intensively such as Panjgur, Washuk, Kharan and Awaran.... These are the areas where 80% of the local recruitment comes from....

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