PESHAWAR: Lawmakers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) have expressed their reservations over the FATA-KP merger bill to be presented in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly today.
The KP assembly has summoned a session at 2 pm today to pass the bill. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government has started contacts with the lawmakers to resolve the building crisis.
It has been learned that as many as 24 MPAs from Malakand Division have expressed their reservations on the content of the bill.
The PATA lawmakers maintain that inclusion of PATA in FATA-KP merger is unjustifiable, and if the government wants to change the status of PATA it should announce a monetary package for the area.
Meanwhile, KP minister Shaukat Yousafzai has met Federal Law Minister Zafarullah Khan and apprised him on the issues the provincial government is facing in getting the bill passed from the assembly.
Yousufzai has told media that the federal government has promised to resolve the concerns raised by PATA lawmakers.
Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018
National Assembly and Senate has already passed the bill titled Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018, paving way for the merger. 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 favor of the bill while five opposed the constitutional amendment.