President Mamnoon signs FATA-KP merger bill

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President Mamnoon signs FATA-KP merger bill
President Mamnoon signs FATA-KP merger bill

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed the landmark bill paving the way for the much-awaited merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
KP Assembly on Sunday passed the KP-FATA merger bill with two-thirds majority, after it was already approved from the upper and lower chambers of the Parliament. As many as 92 lawmakers voted in favour while seven MPAs used their votes against the bill.
The landmark bill will merge the tribal borderlands comprising seven agencies and six frontier regions with KP. Tribal people will get representation in the KP Assembly through the Thirty-First Amendment Act.
The National Assembly and Senate last week passed the bill titled Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018.
In the lower house, the bill was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk. Two hundred and twenty-nine parliamentarians voted in favour of the constitutional amendment, while one voted against it. The bill was opposed by government-allied parties JUI-F and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP).
In Senate, 71 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill while five opposed the constitutional amendment.
With the passage of the bill, the KP government’s administrative authority will be extended to the newly merged 27,220-square-kilometre territory.
After a long time, the visitors’ and media galleries were packed, with parliamentarians from Fata and KP as well as other politicians in attendance to witness the passage of the historic constitutional amendment by the assembly. Amendment to Article 246 of the Constitution provided that Fata shall stand merged with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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