KP Assembly approves FATA merger bill

Islamabad Politics Report: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Sunday passed the landmark 31st amendment bill to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with KP.

The bill had earlier been passed from both the lower and upper houses of the parliament, and will now be forwarded to President Mamnoon Hussain for his assent.

The session of the assembly held on Sunday to vote for the bill was presided over by KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, while KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak was also present.

According to details, 87 votes were cast in favour of the bill out of the required 83, while seven were cast against it.

Earlier on Sunday Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) members protested ahead of a vote on legislation proposing a merger of FATA with KP and pelted policemen and electronic broadcasting vehicles with stones.

At least two policemen were injured in clashes and dozens of protesters were arrested outside the KP assembly.

A heavy contingent of force, deployed everywhere and inside the assembly, dispersed crowd with baton-charge and tear-gas. The KP Police has managed to control Khyber Road. The security officials have also brought in water cannons for any untoward situation.

The JUI-F has been resistive the order of the day and demanding a referendum to seek desire of tribal folk before FATA’s merger with KP.

 

After the provincial assembly’s approval the landmark bill will bring the tribal borderlands, comprising seven agencies and six Frontier Regions, to the mainstream and they will be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tribal people will get representation in the KP Assembly through the amendment.

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