President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed a landmark bill for the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

In the final phase, KP Assembly on Sunday passed the KP-FATA merger bill with two-thirds majority, after it was already approved from the upper and lower chambers of the Parliament.

As many as 92 lawmakers voted in favour while seven MPAs used their votes against the bill.

KP assembly passes FATA merger bill with two-thirds majority

The landmark bill will merge the tribal borderlands comprising seven agencies and six frontier regions with KP. Tribal people will get representation in the KP Assembly through the Thirty-First Amendment Act.

Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018
The National Assembly and Senate last week passed the bill titled Thirty-First Amendment Act, 2018.

In the lower house, the bill was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk. Two hundred and twenty-nine parliamentarians voted in favour of the constitutional amendment, while one voted against it. The bill was opposed by government-allied parties JUI-F and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP).

In Senate, 71 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill while five opposed the constitutional amendment.

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