President signs 19th amendment bill

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has signed 19th constitutional amendment bill and it has now become part of the constitution.

The bill was signed by the president in a ceremony held here in Bilawal house on Saturday. Law minister Babar Awan, chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, deputy speaker national assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, speaker Sindh assembly Nisar Khoro, MQM leaders and other senior officers attended the ceremony.

It may be recalled senate and national assembly had approved this bill and 19th amendment had become part of constitution after having been signed by the president.

Member of national assembly Kashmala Tariq from PML like minded group cast her vote against the first clause of this amendment in national assembly while the other members supported the amendment. All the other clauses of the bill were approved in the house with consensus.

Senator Raza Rabbani, chairman constitutional reform committee had presented the 19th amendment.

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