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FATA merger likely to be presented before NA on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: An amendment bill for the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is expected to be presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday, said sources.

The drafting of the bill was completed on Monday, following which, the government and opposition instructed their members to ensure attendance in Wednesday’s session, informed sources.

The seats for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly will increase to 147 from the current 126 after its merger with Federally Administered Tribal Areas, according to the proposed 30th Amendment of the Constitution.

The amendment, which would serve as a means to merge FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, will be presented before National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Law and Justice for approval today.

The general seats of the provincial assembly will increase from 99 to 117, the bills states. Moreover, the seats for women have been increased from 22 to 26, while religious minorities’ seats from three to four. INP

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