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MNAs vote on Constitutional Amendment today

ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) will vote on the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act in the session on Tuesday (today), ARY News reports.

The members of the lower house of the Parliament were to vote for the amendments in the constitution on Monday but it was delayed as the quorum was not complete. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah had asked Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to postpone the voting as it was former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s birth anniversary.

The political leadership of the country had decided to make amendments in the constitution to provide legal cover to the formation of military courts in the country.

The federal government also faces opposition from other parties over the matter. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) has said that they will not support the bill as it targets religious seminaries whereas Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has asked the government to remove the terms Islam and Sects from the bill.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also opposed the amendments in the constitution.

However, the demands of the JUI-F and JI have been turned down by the federal government.

The amendment in the constitution has to be passed by two-third of the total number of the National Assembly members whereas the amendments in the Army Act have to be passed by a simple majority.

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