Impact of the 18th Constitutional Amendment on Federation-Provinces Relations

Briefing Session for the Honourable Members and Staff of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab & Senior Officials of the Government of the Punjab


Publication No: PD-183

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The objective of the Briefing was to explain the changes brought about by the 18th Amendment and the 7th NFC Award as these directly relate to the provinces and would bring about far-reaching changes in the relations between the Federation and Provinces. Key speakers at the Briefing Session included Mr. Shahid Hamid, Senior Advocate Supreme Court; former Minister for Defence, Establishment & Law and former Governor of the Punjab; Senator S. M. Zafar, Constitutional Lawyer; Member Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms, former Federal Minister of Law; Mr. Nohman Ishtiaq, Consultant and Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Vice Chancellor Beaconhouse National University; former Federal Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs. The Briefing Session was chaired by Honourable Speaker Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan. The Briefing attempted to answer questions such as how the 18th Constitutional Amendment will impact the relationship between the Federation and the Provinces; what will be the impact of the 7th National Finance Commission Award on Resource Sharing and what will be combined effect of the 18th Constitutional Amendment and the 7th NFC Award on Federation -Provinces Equation. This report carries an overview of key presentations while capturing the interaction that took place between participants and the panelists.