ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the passage of the historic Constitution (Thirty-First Amendment) Bill will have far reaching effects for the whole country.
Speaking in the National Assembly, he said the House demonstrated national consensus on an important issue and expressed the confidence that other matters faced by the country will be addressed with the same spirit. The Prime Minister thanked the opposition benches for extending support in the passage of the constitution amendment.
The Prime Minister said that efforts for FATA reforms had been continued over the last four years. He said that committee under the supervision of Sartaj Aziz worked for two and a half years to formulate FATA reforms package.
He said the passage of the bill is just a beginning to bring FATA to the national mainstream. We have to win the trust and confidence of the tribal people by fulfilling the development needs there. He said the PML-N is committed for the fast track development of the area and this House will also have to express commitment towards this end. He said we have to give the same kind of amenities to the people of FATA which are available to the people of other regions. He said there should be no discrimination on the matter of development as tribal people are also equal citizens of the country.
Earlier, Chairman PTI Imran Khan described the constitution amendment as a big triumph of entire Pakistan which will prove to be vital for overall peace and stability in the country. He said it is also a major step to address the genuine grievances of tribal people who have given immense sacrifices in the war on terror. He proposed that rehabilitation of the tribal people should be done through their local representatives.
“This is an important victory for Pakistan,” he said. “Had this decision not been taken, a void would have been created in the tribal agencies,” he added.
Imran’s speech was interrupted by shouts and protests from PML-N lawmakers after he criticised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. After giving his speech, Imran and the PTI lawmakers walked out of the assembly as the prime minister addressed the parliament. NNI