Amendments to the Constitution of Pakistan

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This is a list of all the amendments to the Pakistan Constitution which have been passed by Parliament.

# Amendments Proposal date Enactment date Full text
1st Redefined the boundaries of Pakistan and removed references to East Pakistan. May 4, 1974 Full Text
2nd Defined a Muslim and declared the status of Ahmadis as minority and 'non-Muslim'. September 7, 1974 Full Text
3rd Extended the period of preventive detention. February 18, 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. November 21, 1975 Full Text
5th Widened the scope of restriction on the High Courts. September 5, 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. December 22, 1976 Full Text
7th Enables the Prime Minister to obtain a vote of confidence of the people of Pakistan. May 16, 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. November 11, 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 Full Text
10th Fixed the interval period between sessions of the National Assembly to not exceed 130 days. March 29, 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 The bill was withdrawn in 1992. 1989 Full Text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. July 3, 1997 Full Text
15th Bill to impose Shariah law as supreme law of land. Was never passed. 1998 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. April 8, 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. December 22, 2010 Full Text
20th For Free and Fair Elections.[1] February 14, 2012 Full Text
21st For Speedy Trial Military Courts to deal with terrorism. January 7, 2015 Full Text
22nd ECP powers deputed to Chief Election Commissioner [2] June 7, 2016


  1. ^ "Zardari signs 20th Constitutional Amendment bill". DAWN.COM. DAWN MEDIA GROUP. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Wasim, Amir (2016-06-03). "Senate passes 22nd constitution amendment bill". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 

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