January 2010

  • The NWFP Assembly adopted a piece of legislation that allows dissolution of local councils and replacement of nazims with administrators.
  • Demand to redraw provincial boundaries and make a new province in southern part of Punjab was raised in the Punjab Assembly by Pakistan Muslim League(Functional)
  • The National Assemblies’ Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination unanimously decided to suggest the government for putting Council of Common Interest (CCI) and National Economic Council (NEC) secretaries under the ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).
  • Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) settled all matters pertaining to local bodies’ elections and agreed to replace the sitting Nazims with administrators.
  • Awami National Party proposed three names for NWFP, Pakhtunkhwa, Afghania and Pakhtunistan.

February 2010

  • PML-N demanded to rename NWFP after Indus River, known as Abaseen and Neelab in the frontier province. Awami National Party, had already suggested three names, blamed PML-N for unnecessarily blocking the renaming process.
  • A resolution was presented in the Punjab Assembly by PML-Q asking the provincial government to address concerns of Sindh about Chashma-Jehlum link canal while Sindh Assembly in ongoing session demanded Punjab to scrap a hydro power project on Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal.
  • The Senates’ Standing Committee on local government and rural development recommended re-introduction of the commissionerate system with some amendments to ensure transparency.
  • Sindh Chief Minister requested President and Prime Minister to convene a meeting of Inter-Provincial Committee to settle dispute over water between Sindh and Punjab.

March 2010

  • President Asif Ali Zardari reconstituted Council of Common Interest (CCI) on the advice of Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani to resolve issues between the provinces in a better way.
  • The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms constituted a seven members sub -committee to resolve issues related to provincial autonomy.
  • President Asif Ali Zardari singed the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) award for distribution of resources among the centre and the provinces for five years.

April 2010

  • Senate and National Assembly approved landmark constitutional 18th amendment bill to empower parliament and provinces.
  • President Asif Ali Zardari signed the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill.
  • Bill to revive the Islamabad High Court was passed in the light of the 18th constitutional amendment

May 2010

  • Prime Minister formed a nine-member commission to oversee the process of implementation of the 18th amendment headed by Senator Raza Rabbani
  • Balochistan provincial assembly unanimously passed the Balochistan Local Government Bill 2010 under which elections for local councils would be held on a non party basis within one year.
  • Chief Justice Supreme Court constituted a full court comprising all 17 judges to define and determine the petitions challenged the 18th constitutional amendment.

June 2010

  • First post National Finance Commission and 18th Amendment budget was presented.
  • The ministry of finance decided to stop using the term of “Value Added Tax” because of strong opposition from various quarters and instead impose an upgrade version of general sales tax from Oct. 2010.
  • A newly launched political party of tribesmen demanded of the government to declare Federally Administered Tribal Areas as a separate province.