Waqar Ahmad Swati
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has extended Customs Act 1969 to all districts of Malakand Division and the Kohistan District. The Governor has extended the applicability of the Customs Act with the permission of the President Mamnoon Hussain. The Home & Tribal Affairs Department of the KP has issued notification in this regard.
The copies of the notification have been sent to Peshawar High Court, High Court Mingora Bench, Commissioner Malakand Division and Deputy Commissioners of all districts. After merger of Swat state into Pakistan, the area was exempted from Customs. Now the Income Tax department would set up its office in Malakand Division. But the whole common peoples as well as political parties want that implementation of the Customs Act be withdrawn from Malakand Division and Kohistan.
So, for this the political Jirga would arrange a meeting next week and there are plans to lead the people to Islamabad for staging demonstrations and strikes. It may be recalled that the people of Malakand Division had been rendered homeless for sack of peace in the country and faced earthquake and floods, due to which they are still unstable and are passing through a phase of unrest. Considering the sacrifices of the peoples of swat in war against terrorism and their sufferings due to the devastating earthquake, floods and security operations, the government should reconsider its decision to extend jurisdiction of the Customs Act onto Swat and Kohistan areas.