Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Sixteenth Amendment (1999)


A Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the purpose hereinafter appearing;

It is hereby enacted as follows:

Short title and commencement.
This Act may be Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Act. 1999.
It shall come into force at once.

Amendment of Article 27 of the Constitution.
In the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in Article 27, in clause (1), in the first proviso for the word "twenty" the word "forty" shall be substituted and shall be deemed always to have been so substituted."


Article 27 of the constitution provides safeguards against discrimination in services. In order to provide opportunity and representation to all classes of persons and areas in services, clause (1) of the said Article provides that for a period not exceeding twenty years from the commencing day of the constitution, certain posts may be reserved for persons belonging to any class or areas. It has been felt that since equal opportunity of education and other facilities are not yet available to all citizens of Pakistan, the period of twenty years specified in c) of Article 27 ibid be extended to forty years.

The Bill seeks to achieve the aforesaid object.

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