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Khyber Pakhunkhwa Assembly

PESHAWAR: To endorse the merger of Federally-Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as approved by the National Assembly, a meeting of the KP Assembly has been summoned at 02:00 PM on Sunday, May 27 as tenure of the provincial assembly is going to end by May 28.
However, JUI-F have announced to surround the provincial assembly to protest passage of bill.
The Fata-KP merger bill is also expected to sail through the Senate today, after which the KP Assembly will have to endorse the move. As per Article 239(4) of the Constitution, the president cannot assent a constitutional amendment bill which affects geographical boundaries of a province without approval by the assembly of that province.
Article 239(4) of the Constitution reads, “A bill to amend the Constitution which would have the effect of altering the limits of a province shall not be presented to the president for assent unless it has been passed by the assembly of that province by votes of not less than two-thirds of its total membership.”
If the bill does not get through the KP Assembly, then the fate of Fata merger will be in the hands of new representatives to be elected in the coming general elections. Even after its passage from the National Assembly and the Senate, the president will have to wait to give his assent till the installation of the new assembly.
In a relevant development, following the passage of the much-awaited bill of Fata-KP merger, the PPP lawmaker in the KP Assembly Ziaullah Afridi took his no-confidence motion back against the Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser so that to make way for him to preside over the assembly proceedings.
Due to the no-confidence motion against Asad Qaiser, he was unable to preside over the session.
The National Assembly on Thursday passed “Constitution (Thirty-First Amendment) Bill, 2018” with over two- thirds majority paving the way for the merger. The bill was moved by Law Minister Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk.


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