Amendments to the Constitution of Pakistan

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This is a list of all the amendments to the Constitution of Pakistan.

# Amendments Proposal date Enactment date Full text
1st Redefined the boundaries of Pakistan and removed references to East Pakistan. 4 May 1974 Full Text
2nd Defined a Muslim and declared the status of Ahmadis as minority and 'non-Muslim'. 17 September 1974 Full Text
3rd Extended the period of preventive detention. 18 February 1975 Full Text
4th Decreed additional seats for minorities, it also deprived courts of the power to grant bail to any person detained under any preventive detention. 21 November 1975 Full Text
5th Widened the scope of restriction on the High Courts. 5 September 1976 Full Text
6th Provided that Chief Justice of Supreme Court will be retired at the age of 65 and High Court judges at age 62. 22 December 1976 Full Text
7th Enables the prime minister to obtain a vote of confidence of the people of Pakistan. 16 May 1977 Full Text
8th Changed Pakistan's government from a Parliamentary system to a Semi-presidential system by giving the President a number of additional powers. 11 November 1985 Full Text
9th Bill to impose Shariah law as the supreme law of land. The bill was passed by Senate but could never be passed by National Assembly owing to the latter's dissolution. 1985 Not passed Full Text
10th Fixed the interval period between sessions of the National Assembly to not exceed 130 days. 25 March 1987 Full Text
11th Revision of the reserved seats for women in the National and the provincial assemblies. The bill was withdrawn in 1992. 1989 Not passed Full Text
12th Created Speedy Trial Court for 3 years. 1991 Full Text
13th Stripped the President of Pakistan of his reserve power to dissolve the National Assembly of Pakistan, and thereby triggering new elections and dismissing the Prime Minister. 1997 Full Text
14th Allowed members of parliament to be dismissed if they defect. 3 July 1997 Full Text
15th Bill to impose Shariah law as supreme law of land. Was never passed. 1998 Not passed Full Text
16th Increased the term appointed for quota system as per 1973 Constitution from 20 to 40 years. 1999 Full Text
17th Made changes dealing with the office of the President and the reversal of the effects of the Thirteenth Amendment. 2003 Full Text
18th Removed the power of President of Pakistan to dissolve the Parliament unilaterally. Gave more authority to the provinces. Province of North-West Frontier Province(NWFP) was renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) 8 April 2010 Full Text
19th Provided for the appointment of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and made amendments in the number of members of the parliamentary committee for the appointment of Chief Electoral Officers at Election Commission of Pakistan. 22 December 2010 Full Text
20th For Free and Fair Elections.[1] 14 February 2012 Full Text
21st In the aftermath of APS Peshawar Attack, Military Courts were established for speedy trials of terrorists and their sponsors. 7 January 2015 Full Text
22nd ECP powers deputed to Chief Election Commissioner [2] 8 June 2016 Full Text
23rd The 23rd Amendment was passed to re-establish the military courts for further two years till 6 January 2019.[3] In 2015, National Assembly passed the 21st Amendment and created the military courts for the period of 2 years. The period of two years was expired on 6 January 2017 hence this 23rd Amendment was passed to re-establish the military courts for further two years till 6 January 2019. At the end of this period all the amendments will be expired/removed automatically. 7 January 2017 Full Text
24th Reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units and allowing election authorities to update boundaries of constituencies based on provisional results of 2017 Census of Pakistan. 22 December 2017 Full Text
25th Merges Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 31 May 2018 Full Text
26th Increasing the National Assembly seats to 12 and of provincial assembly to 24 of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas 13 May 2019 [4][1]


  1. ^ "Zardari signs 20th Constitutional Amendment bill". DAWN.COM. DAWN MEDIA GROUP. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ Wasim, Amir (3 June 2016). "Senate passes 22nd constitution amendment bill". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Constitution of Pakistan Amendment 23rd – Military Courts". Laws of Pakistan. 14 April 2017. Archived from the original on 21 May 2017.
  4. ^ "NA unanimously passes 26th Amendment Bill". The Express Tribune. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2022.

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