President Mamnoon Hussain signs the historic landmark bill

President Mamnoon Hussain signs the historic landmark bill

ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain signed today a landmark bill for the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

KP Assembly on Sunday approved the KP-FATA merger bill with two-thirds majority. Earlier, it was already paased from the both houses of the Parliament.

The landmark bill will merge the tribal areas 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 bill approved by Parliament is titled as the 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.