Federal government sources have claimed that the government has started to review the 18th amendment after the ongoing crisis in the country over the past one month due to the coronavirus.
According to sources, the federal government has decided to review the 18th Amendment and the NFC Awards and has started contacts with allies and other political parties. It is also reported that the political parties have given positive signals for a review of the federation.
The federal government has taken the position that the provinces were not ready for a major crisis nor did they fully comply with the federal directives which have further aggravated the situation after Coronavirus.
It may be recalled that in 2010, the PPP government had amended Article 18 of the Constitution of Pakistan, after which the NWFP was renamed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the President of Pakistan lost the power to dissolve the Assembly.
Under the amendment, the federal government cannot interfere in provincial affairs, and out of the revenue collected each year, the provinces are paid in terms of population in the form of NFC awards.
On the other hand, the PPP has announced that if the government tries to tamper with the 18th amendment in the name of Corona, there will be full political resistance. Provincial Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah accused the federal government of doing politics on the issue of Corona.
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