Revisiting the 18th Amendment
Is 7th NFC Award the bone of contention?
Zafrullah Saroya Advocate
After the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan there has been a lot of debate on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. Some federal ministers like Shibli Faraz and Asad Umar flared up the debate by hinting that the government wants to change the 18th Amendment. For instance, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar, opines that the amendment has some flaws which must be removed, especially a flaw pertaining to administrative matters between the federal and provincial governments needs a serious review of the amendment. On the other hand, Federal Information Minister, Senator Shibli Faraz, has termed it ‘a hurdle in preparing a uniform policy to fight the coronavirus across the country’ as after the amendment the federal government’s role in various spheres had been limited to issuing policy guidelines. He, however, said the government would adopt rational approach for resolving all the issues including NFC and the 18th Amendment.
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