ISLAMABAD: After approval by parliamentary committee, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA merger amendment bill will be presented in National Assembly, today.
The bill, which was approved by the parliamentary committee, will be presented in National Assembly for approval today. Before, on Wednesday a meeting of parliamentary leaders was held, presided by PM Khaqan Abbasi. The leaders had approved of the bill which would clear the way to merge KP and FATA together.
The parliamentary leader’s session was attended by Barrister Zafarullah, Senate Opposition leader Sherry Rehman, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Aftab Sherpao. JUI-F and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, who are against the merger, boycotted the meeting of the parliamentary leaders.
This week, the Federal Cabinet had also approved of the amendment as well. The Federal Cabinet session was presided by PM Khaqan Abbasi as well.
The National Security Committee called by PM Khaqan Abbasi had also endorsed the merger amendment. The NSC body also said that funds will be allotted to FATA for development which cannot be used elsewhere in KP after merger.
The seats for the KP provincial assembly will increase to 147 from the current 126 after the province’s merger with FATA, according to the proposed amendment in the Constitution.
The general seats of the provincial assembly will increase from 99 to 117. The seats for women will increase from 22 to 26. Religious minorities’ seats will increase from three to four.