CM for withdrawal of Custom Act, 1969 in PATA and Malakand Region

Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has proposed to the Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to advise the president of Pakistan for withdrawal of the Custom Act, 1969 recently extended to PATA and Malakand Region.  This was revealed in summary sent by the Chief Minister to Governor for onward submission to the president today.

The summary says that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to the fragile economic situation of the region due to man-made and natural disasters has asked Federal government to withdraw Custom Act, 1969 introduced in the area in the larger interest of Malakand Region.

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also recommended duty free import of vehicles for Malakand Division, so that the illegal business of motor vehicles could be stopped.

The Custom Act, 1969 recently notified under Article 247 of the constitution of Pakistan, had perturbed and created unrest amongst the common people of Malakand Region. Including 08 Districts namely Malakand, Swat, Dir upper, Dir Lower, Chitral, Buner, Shangla and Kohistan.

The summary says that the Malakand Region is militancy hit area and the economic situation had further deteriorated due to flash floods of 2010 & 2015, Earth Quake of 2016.

It elaborate that after repatriation of IDPs of Malakand to their native areas are struggling hard to achieve their previous economic prosperity and the government with various donors is trying its level best to restore its economic vigour and growth.  That’s why in the circumstance explained above, the provincial government does not support continuance of the customs Act, 1969.