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ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari August 12 signed amendments to the 1848 Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), abolishing collective punishment in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), according to an official announcement.
Under the amended FCR, the people of FATA for the first time will have the right to appeal decisions of the political agent to a three-member tribunal appointed by Islamabad.
The amended FCR provides right of bail to an accused and requires the accused be produced before local authorities within 24 hours of arrest.
The new amendments disallow the arrest of women, children under 16 years of age and men over 65 under the collective responsibility clause.