Fata Voice News Agency
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed a constitutional amendment bill clearing the way for the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, amid opposition by government allied parties Jamiat-e-ulema-Islam (JUI-F) and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP).
Law Minister Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk presented the bill.
229 members of the assembly voted in favour of the introduction of the bill while 11 others voted against it.
The constitutional amendment needed support of a two-thirds majority or 228 members and the house managed to get it through after five hours of discussion by barely mustering the required support.
The bill was opposed by government allied parties Jamiat-e-ulema-Islam (JUI-F) and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP).
Senate will review the bill and give assent on Friday (tomorrow). The government, opposition laud parliament for coming together to make legislation for Fata.