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Historic Moment: 19 Members Elected From Merged Districts Join KP Assembly

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly members elected from the merged tribal districts in July 20 elections took oath on Tuesday.

It is for the first time in the history of the tribal region, previously known as FATA, that these 19 members have joined the provincial assembly. Those who took oath include 16 MPAs elected on general ‘seats, two out of four on the seats reserved for women and one on minorities. 

PTI and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has nominated Ayesha Mohmand and Baseerat Bibi respectively for the two women seats. They have submitted their nominees with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

After the July 20 elections in the merged districts, the ruling PTI won five seats, JUI-F three, while ANP and Jamaat-e-Islami secured one each. The remaining six seats were bagged by independent candidates. The strength of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has now reached 145.

The PTI secured two seats out of the four reserved seats for women, while one each was bagged by the JUI-F and BAP respectively. The only seat reserved for minorities seats went to PTI.

In his address, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan described the occasion as historic moments and said the newly-elected MPAs will play an important role in eliminating grievances of tribal people.

Leader of Opposition Akram Khan Durrani welcomed the newly-elected MPAs and said it was a historic day for the people of the province.

One of these MPAs, Anita Mehsud, said the tribal people were waiting to get their rights and representation in the assembly for a long time.

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Naeem Kishwar, who is elected a seat reserved for women, criticised the PTI government, saying that it had snatched the right from JUI-F to reach the provincial assembly.

Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has converted the historical Shahi Mehman Khana building into MPAs’ House for the newly-elected members.

The building was constructed by the British government in 1942 and was still used as an official guesthouse. Since there is no enough space available to accommodate the newly-elected MPAs in the existing hostel, this building has been vacated for them.

It has capacity to accommodate 17 MPAs. For the remaining members, space would be made in existing hotel.

The building will be under the use of MPAs until the provincial government constructs new rooms in the MPAs hostel, the assembly officials confirmed to media.

The officials said the provincial government had formally handed over the guesthouse to the assembly secretariat for accommodating the lawmakers.

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