Customs Act 1969 abolition widely hailed

Peshawar—People from every walk of life including politicians, lawmakers and civil society organizations have highly lauded the decision of the Federal Government for revoking Customs Act 1969 of Provincial Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) and termed it wise decision with enormous economic benefits for people of Malakand division.
Rushad Khan, Member Provincial Assembly elected from Shangla, told APP that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has won the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people of Malakand Division for taking bold decision regarding repealing of the extension of Customs Act 1969 of PATA, saying this decision has reflected the true wishes and aspirations of people of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and PATA.
He said people of entire Malakand division including Shangla, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Malakand, Swat and Chitral districts would be largely benefited from this landmark decision of the Federal Government.
Rushad Khan people of Malakand division has faced numerous economic and financial problems due to repeated floods, earthquakes and militancy and this decision of the Federal Government would help improve their economic conditions besides alleviating poverty and reduce unemployment.
He said PTI Government had moved a summary to the Federation for extension of Customs Act 1969 to PATA against the sweet will of people of Malakand division and when masses started protest demonstrations in Malakand, PTI has moved another summary seeking for its repealing. He said it would have been better had PTI Government took people of Malakand division into confidence on the issue.
Rushad Khan said when the matter was brought into the notice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he took a bold decision and directed the concerned quarters to repeal the said Act as per the wishes and aspiration of masses.
To a question about PTI’s announced rally of August 7, the MPA said the countries cannot afford political instability and agitation politics, saying parliament was best forum for addressal of all problems.—APP

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