Pakistan News Service

Sunday Dec 16, 2018, Rabi-al-thani 7, 1440 Hijri
Pakistan News Home -> Tribune Corner -> News Details

Mamnoon Hussain approved plan to establish cantonment in Swat

09 September, 2015

  Related News  
SC ordered Urdu as the official language
Pakistani drone Burraq killed militants in Shawal
  More on this View All

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain approved on Tuesday a plan to establish a cantonment in Swat as a permanent post for the army in the valley, which was ‘cleared’ of extremists and terrorists by the armed forces about six years ago.

“This will be the first cantonment in any part of Provincially Administered Tribal Area (Pata),” a senior official from the Presidency told Dawn.

According to a local legislator, Pata’s first garrison will be established over 300 kanals in the Titabut area of Swat, which was once a terrorist stronghold.

In order to establish the cantonment, the president approved the implementation of the Cantonment Act, 1924, in Pata.

An official handout issued by the Presidency on Tuesday said: “On a summary initiated by the States and Frontier Regions Division, the president has approved the prime minister’s advice for ‘extension of Cantonment Act, 1924 (II of 1924)’ to Provincially Admi­n­istered Tribal Areas (Pata) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with a draft notification, under Article 247 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

A senior military official told Dawn that the establishment of a cantonment in Swat was announced by the PM when he visited Malakand last year. “The president’s approval for the cantonment area is part of the same plan,” he said.

He said that the cantonment area was being established at the request of Swat residents who wanted a more permanent sense of security after the area was wrested away from Taliban.

Constitutional expert Akram Sheikh explained how various types of laws can be implemented in Pata, and said that Article 247 allows the federal and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to implement any law in Pata and Fata.

Mr Sheikh said that since the country’s laws do not apply to Pata or Fata directly, the enforcement of any federal law requires the president’s approval, and the enforcement of provincial laws requires the KP governor’s consent.

Section 4 of Article 247 states: “Notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution, the president may, with respect to any matter within the legislative competence of Majlis-i-Shoora (parliament), and the governor of a province with the prior approval of the president may, with respect to any matter within the legislative competence of the provincial assembly, make regulations for the peace and good government of a Provincial Administered Tribal Area or any part thereof, situated in the province.”

Another constitutional expert, retired Justice Tariq Mehmood, said that cantonments situated over a small area were used only for military purposes, whereas local bodies polls were held in cantonments that were larger in size, encompassed many localities and housed a sizeable chunk of the area’s population.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites