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Pak Parliament gives nod to bill seeking more representations from tribal areas

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

on Monday unanimously passed a bill, which formalised an increase in the number of seats for tribal areas in the and assembly.

The 26th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the by on Thursday, was passed with 278 votes in the 342-member House.

With the passage of the bill, districts from the erstwhile (FATA) will have nine seats in the National Assembly, while their representation in the Assembly province will stand at 26.

Earlier, representations from tribal districts were six in the and 16 in the Assembly following merger of into province in 2018, which ended the semi-autonomous status of seven tribal districts along the Afghan border.

The bill also seeks four reserved seats for women and one for minorities.

Addressing the House, expressed his appreciation over the consensus among all parties on the bill.

He said the bill ended "sense of deprivation" among tribals.

"This sense of deprivation is dangerous as it can be exploited by Pakistan's enemies and it is being exploited," he said.

The bill now need to be passed by the Senate of and endorsed by the before it becomes a law.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 18:26 IST
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