Govt drags parties in sync over 20th Amendment


The government and the opposition parties gave finishing touches to the draft of 20th Constitutional amendment, which is expected to be tabled in National Assembly session on Tuesday.
Sources said the government decided to bring the Amendment to give constitutional cover to the by-elections.
The government also capitulated to the demands of opposition including no extension to the Election Commissioner, raising the tenure of members to five years, party head’s powers to change the list of reserved seats for women and implementation of 18th Amendment.
But, the demand to establish a caretaker setup with consensus, not just consultation with the Opposition leader, spawned standoff.
Meantime, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) voiced reservations over changes in the Constitutional Amendment, as Parliamentary leader of the MQM in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar, speaking at Karachi airport, said across the board consultations with all parties should be held over caretaker setup.
The coalition partners including Muttahida rendered their support hinged on the creation of new provinces and uniform educational system throughout the country; but, the government is quite sure all the political parties will be brought round at last.


  1. There is no need for the 20th Constitutional Amendment.

    The Prime Minister should immediately dissolve the assemblies and call fresh elections. If he were to do that, the need for 20th amendment becomes redundant!

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