Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment Under Review

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Islamabad | The Federal Government of Pakistan has constituted a committee to review the 13th amendment of the Constitution Act 1974 passed by the Azad Kashmir legislative assembly.

The Azad Kashmir legislative assembly passed the controversial amendment at the behest of the former PML-N led Federal Government of Pakistan upon which the officials of defence ministry and foreign ministry had their reservations. However, these reservations were ignored by the former Federal Government and green signal was given to the legislative assembly of Azad Kashmir.

The Pakistan Tehreek Insaf led Federal Government took up the matter urgently within the first hundred days of its formation. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, constituted a review committee under the supervision of the Federal Law Minister to review the 13th amendment of the 1974 Constitution Act of AJK. But the committee faced criticism for not having any members of the defence and foreign ministries in it. However, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, before going to Saudi Arabia directed that the senior officials of these ministries shall also be inducted as members of the review committee as the matters related to these ministries were also amended in the 13th amendment.

On the other hand the Azad Kashmir Government showed their dissatisfaction on the constitution of the review committee. Senior Minister of the AJK Government, Tariq Farooq, held a press conference in which he stated that the Azad Kashmir Government has its reservations on the review committee as no official of the Azad Kshmir Government has been inducted as a member of the review committee. However, the Federal Government of Pakistan has refuted these claims and stated that the chief secretary and secretary law Azad Kashmir are members of the review committee on behalf of Azad Kashmir Government. Therefore, no other political person needs to be involved in the review process.

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