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KP assembly to vote on FATA merger bill as protestors clash with police

KP assembly to vote on FATA merger bill as protestors clash with police

PESHAWAR: A session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly began on Sunday in which the KP-FATA merger bill was tabled before the house after being approved from the upper and lower chambers of the Parliament.

The session held to vote for the bill is being presided over by KP assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, where Chief Minister KP Pervaiz Khattak was also present.

Earlier, protesters clashed with police outside the KP assembly over the merger bill. The police are said to have baton-charged the protesters to stop them from entering the assembly building. The police also shelled tear-gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesters.

However, the protesters, who are reported to be members of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl, pelted stones at the police officers.

Five people have sustained minor injuries while as many as 20 people have been detained.

The JUI-F lawmakers had reached the assembly building Sunday morning to besiege it in protest.

Earlier, lawmakers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) had expressed their reservations over the FATA-KP merger bill.

On the other hand, KP Assembly has summoned a session at 2pm today where the bill is likely to be passed, while the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government has started contacts with the lawmakers to resolve the building crisis.

It has been learnt that 24 MPAs from Malakand Division have expressed their reservations over the content of the bill.

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