NA passes bill for more seats for tribal areas

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly passed a bill that seeks additional seats for the tribal areas in the parliament, on Monday.

The 26th Constitutional Amendment ensures more seats for the tribal areas (former FATA) in the National and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

This means that the number of seats from the tribal areas will increase from six to 12 in the National Assembly. In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the number of seats have been increased from 16 to 24.

The two assemblies will now see more representation of people from tribal areas.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was present in the assembly for the due process and addressed the parliament after the bill passed.

“I am happy to see that this bill for the betterment of the tribal areas has been passed through consensus,” he said.

Prime Minister Khan said that it was important for the tribal areas to not feel alienated. He said that Pakistan had paid for the mistakes it had made with the people of East Pakistan.

“Whenever we do injustice with our own people, the enemy derives benefit from it,” he said. “Ever since Pakistan has been made, in fact since the past 50 years, our enemy has been benefitting from this,” he added.

The prime minister said that each province will contribute three percent from its NFC award share for the tribal areas’ development.

“I want to tell the provinces that the decision to allocate three per cent from the NFC award is necessary because of the destruction in FATA due to the war on terror. KP can never fulfill this from its budget,” he said.