Two-third majority required for South Punjab bill in NA: FM Qureshi
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that PTI government had contacted PML-N, PPP and other parties in Parliament over the South Punjab province as the two-thirds majority was required.
While addressing a press conference, FM Qureshi said that the government brought the South Punjab bill to the National Assembly and sought help from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to pass it.
FM Qureshi said, “We have to make the amendments in Articles 1, 51, 59, 106, 198, 218 of the Constitution to make South Punjab province a reality.”
The minister added “I have contacted senior Parliamentarians from PPP as they also had the stance for South Punjab. I have told them to work together to make this a reality and have received a positive response from them.”
The minister said that several PML-N members supported the province of South Punjab, but others were stuck on the bill they had presented in the past. “We’re also going to talk to the PML-N and I’m going to ask them to review their decision and let them form South Punjab. PML-N must be practical as it is impossible to have a province of three districts.
For any constitutional amendment, two-thirds of the parliamentarians would have to vote in its favour.
The National Assembly, Pakistan’s lower house, has in total 342 seats, which means the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf needs 228 votes to get its way.
The PML-N has 84 members and the PPP has 54 members in the parliament. So, in order to get the bill approved, the PTI would only need the support of the PPP, if the PML-N opts to stay out of the vote count.