On this day 11 years ago, historic 18th amendment became part of constitution
President Asif Ali Zardari signed the 18th constitutional amendment bill into law amidst a roaring crowd of PPP's supporters in the Presidency on April 19, 2010.
The Constitution of Pakistan achieved a major milestone in the form of important 18th Constitutional amendment that became part of the constitution eleven years ago on April 19, 2010 and renamed and give identity to the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The amendment was made during the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) era and reversed many infringements on the Constitution of Pakistan over several decades under General Zia-ul-Haq and General Pervez Musharraf era.
The 18th amendment to the Pakistani constitution was passed by the National Assembly on April 8, 2010 and transferred most of the powers from the federation to the provinces and made the provinces more powerful.
At that time, the country had a PPP government, with Asif Ali Zardari as president and Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as prime minister.
After the signature of President Asif Ali Zardari on April 19, 2010, these amendments became part of the Constitution, the TV channel reported.
18th Amendment was passed by the National Assembly on April 8, 2010, removing the power of the President of Pakistan to dissolve the Parliament unilaterally, turning Pakistan from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary republic, and renaming North-West Frontier Province to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The amendment bill was passed by the Senate of Pakistan on April 15, 2010 and it became an act of parliament when President Asif Ali Zardari put his signature on the bill on April 19, 2010.
It was the first time in Pakistan's history that a president relinquished a significant part of his powers willingly and transferred them to parliament and the office of the prime minister.