New provinces: Standing Committee on Law approves 20th Amendment bill

Bill will now be presented in the National Assembly for approval.


Web Desk January 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly's standing committee on Law and Justice approved the bill calling for the 20th Amendment in the Constitution, Express News reported on Monday.

The bill will now be presented in the National Assembly for approval.

President Asif Ali Zardari has also summoned the session of the National Assembly on February 1.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had recently introduced a bill in the National Assembly calling for the creation of new provinces in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and tabled a 20th Amendment in the Constitution for the abrogation of Article 239.

Article 239(4) of the Constitution says that the provincial government’s consent is needed to make new provinces.

The 20th Amendment would also provide legal cover to over 28 members of parliament and provincial assemblies who were elected after the passage of the 18th amendment in April 2010.

Sindh nationalists had earlier protested against the bill terming it a “conspiracy” of dividing Sindh and held protests across the province.

COMMENTS (17)

A J Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

We Pashtuns consider the division of Pashtun Pride Lands by the unconcerned people a conspiracy against Pakistan and Pashtuns. So all those who are involved in this gruesome act are not our friends. Our future relations with these people will be seen, evaluated and conducted in this context.

KMR Overseas | 9 years ago | Reply

Better Sindh joining back to India.

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