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KP Assembly approves resolution in favor of Hazara province

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly has approved two different resolutions with majority of vote regarding the formation of Hazara province and changing the name of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – ARY News reports.

Jamat e Islami (JI) leader, Siraj ul Haq and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member, Shaukat Yousufzai presented the resolution that a sense of deprivation was invoked among the masses due to inadequate policies of the outgoing government and suggested to name Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as Hazara Pakhtunkhwa, so that the sense of destitution among Hazara people could be eliminated.

According to details, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) shared a mutual stance on the establishment of Hazara province and a resolution was tabled in the KP Assembly for the sake of constitutional amendment for giving Hazara division the status of a province.

The draft of the resolution mentioned that constitution does not forbids the establishment of new provinces on administrative basis. The Federal Government of Pakistan was also urged to table a bill in the National Assembly (NA), for amendment in the constitution regarding the establishment of newer provinces with national consensus.

Meanwhile, ANP and PPP members opposed the resolution. ANP's parliamentary leader, Sardar Hussain Bobak referred to Hazara division as the crown of KP province, which shall not be allowed to be removed.

PPP member, Nighat Orakzai said that KP is a relatively smaller province, which should not be sub-divided.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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