Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday (May 15) while addressing a news conference said that PTI government has decided to initiate political dialogue to build consensus for the creation of South Punjab Province. He said that government would require amendments in Articles 1, 51, 59,106,198,218 of the Constitution.
He said the PTI has already introduced a Constitution Amendment in the National Assembly for this purpose and we require two thirds majority to pass this amendment. The Foreign Minister said that he already had a positive sitting with Pakistan Peoples Party and consultations will be held with other parties including the PML (N) to convince them to support the Constitution Amendment.
Highlighting salient features of the Constitution Amendment, the Foreign Minister said under this amendment, South Punjab will comprise of Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan Divisions. The seats of South Punjab Assembly will be 120 keeping in view the population of these divisions.
Its worth mentioning that 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.