The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved the repeal of 17th Constitutional Amendment and renaming of the NWFP province as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, ARY NEW reported.

After debating on various sections of the 18th amendment draft bill, the house unanimously approved section 2 of Article 264 of the Constitution to repeal the 17th Amendment and the Legal Framework Order (LFO), 2002, imposed by former President Gen Pervez Musharraf which was later endorsed by parliament.

The house also endorsed sections related to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with majority as the National Assembly started holding clause by clause voting on the bill on today.

It requires a two-thirds majority of members of the House to make each clause part of the bill.

In order to stop military interventions, the house also approved section 4 related with amendments in Article 6 of the Constitution, suggesting an amendment to the Article 6, which proposes any person validating military takeovers will also be charged with treason.
The lawmakers took part in the voting and of them voted in fevour of section 2 of the Article 264 while no one opposed it.

Besides, the house, met with Speaker Fehmida Mirza in chair, also debated on renaming of the NWFP province as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Adviser to the Prime Minister and PCCR Chairman Raza Rabbani opposed two amendments proposed by Pakistan Muslim League-Q (Quaid-e-Azam) for section 3 regarding renaming the NWFP.

Opposing the new NWFP name, the PML-Q, afterwards, voted against section 3.

It is hoped that after the historic reforms the 1973 Constitution would be restored in its real shape.

Dawn News