ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday signed the constitutional amendment bill seeking to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
After signing the bill, the president congratulated the people of FATA and KP.
The amendment bill was passed by the National Assembly, the Senate and KP Assembly before being sent to the president for formal approval.
KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Fata Reforms Committee head Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser Lt Gen Nasser Janjua and Adviser to the Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah Khan were present during the signing ceremony of the bill.
Under the Article 247, the executive authority of the federation shall extend to FATA and PATA ( Provincially Administered Tribal Areas).
The president signing the Constitution (Thirty-First) Amendment Bill, 2018, means that the control of FATA Interim Governance Regulation, 2018 will be handed over to the KP government.
Earlier this week, President Mamnoon signed the new set of rules for the region – FATA Interim Governance Regulation, 2018.
The 'FATA Interim Governance Regulation, 2018' is a set of interim rules that apply to the FATA until it merges with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa "within a time-frame of two years".