President signs Fata merger bill into law.
President Mamnoon Hussain. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday signed the 25th constitutional amendment bill envisaging merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after which the tribal areas have effectively become part of the province.

A ceremony in this regard was organised in Islamabad which was attended by KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Fata Reforms Committee head Sartaj Aziz and National Security Adviser Lieutenant General (Retd) Nasser Janjua.

The Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani had sent the merger bill to the President of Pakistan for signature on Tuesday. The president congratulated the people of erstwhile Fata on this historic occasion and said the tribal people will now enjoy their rights like other citizens of the country. He said the merger will bring a new era of prosperity and development in the tribal region and it will also bring lasting peace.

Sartaj Aziz said on the occasion that the tribal agencies have now gained the status of districts after signature on the merger bill by the president and these areas will be mentioned as such. He said the political agents deployed in the tribal agencies have now become deputy commissioners.

After approval of the merger bill by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on 28 May, the Ministry of Law and Justice had sent it to the Senate chairman who forwarded it to the president under Article 75 of the Constitution.

Earlier, the National Assembly and Senate had also passed the bill with huge majority.