Federal cabinet approves placement of KP-FATA merger bill before parliament

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet Tuesday approved the placement of draft constitutional amendment before the Parliament for the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP).

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The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held at PM Office.

The cabinet was informed that Gilgit-Baltistan Council would be retained as advisory body towards the functions of the Federal Government. Gilgit-Baltistan will have constitutional rights like other provinces, it was approved.

The cabinet also approved Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Gas (Third Party Access) Rules, 2018.

The meeting approved National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy. The Federal Cabinet also approved Digital Pakistan Policy.

According to the proposed 30th Amendment of the Constitution, the seats for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly will increase to 147 from the current 126 after its merger with Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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