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President signs KP-FATA merger bill into law

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday (May 31) signed the 25th Constitutional Amendment Bill into law, the final step in merging the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Dawn reported.

The amendment is aimed at ending colonial-era laws governing FATA, extending the writ of Pakistani courts to its districts and increasing development assistance to its residents.

Parliament approved the bill on May 25, and the KP assembly followed suit on May 28.

Hussain congratulated the people of FATA, saying that they now enjoy the same rights as the other citizens of the country.

The merger will bring a new era of development and prosperity, he said.

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