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Govt, Opposition Reach Consensus Over Bill Seeking Increase In NA, KP Assembly Seats For FATA

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and the opposition reached consensus on Friday for the passage of 26th Constitutional Amendment Bill which seeks an increase in the number of National Assembly and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Members of the government and opposition benches agreed to pass the bill with 2/3rd majority. The National Assembly session was also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Although the two parties exchanged some harsh words, they urged each other to express unity on important matters such as the Fata bill and other issues.

The bill was introduced by MNA Mohsin Dawar but was not passed in the first day because opposition demanded a thorough and healthy debate over the matter.

On Friday, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak commended the opposition for ‘good’ response over the constitutional amendment bill and urged the opposition to cooperate with the government in a similar manner over other important issues. “Let us sit together to work jointly for a better future of people of Pakistan,” he said.

Khattak said that the government wanted to end a sense of deprivation among people of the tribal region by providing them education, health, and employment opportunities. He said some Rs100 billion would be spent on erstwhile Fata each year for 10 years.

He said that as per the bill, the seats for the Fata areas in the National Assembly (12) will remain the same while the provincial ones will be increased from 16 to 24.

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