PART ISUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS
The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 was unanimouslyadopted by the then National Assembly of Pakistan on April 12, 1973 when it was signedby the President of the Assembly. But soon after the enactment of the Constitution, it had toundergo a series of amendments which included minor and major amendments. Seven suchamendments were made from May 8, 1974 to January 4, 1977, six by the NationalAssembly that passed the Constitution, and the seventh by the next assembly, that had ashort life, on May 16, 1977.Martial Law was proclaimed by the then Chief of Army Staff, GeneralMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq on 5th July, 1977. The 1973 Constitution remained the supremelaw of the land, subject to the condition that certain parts thereof had been held in abeyanceon account of State necessity. The Supreme Court of Pakistan recognized the right of theChief Martial Law Administrator to perform all such acts or legislative measures whichwere in including the power to amend it, in Begum Nusrat Bhutto Vs. Chief of Army Staff and Federation of Pakistan. This enabled the then Chief Martial LawAdministrator/President to make series of amendments by issuing amendment Ordersduring the period from February, 1979 to January, 1985. Finally major amendments weremade through the Revival of Constitution Order on 17th March 1985. These amendmentschanged the whole complexion of the 1973 Constitution.In 1985, general elections were held on non-party basis. The NationalAssembly came into being as a result of these elections. This Assembly made amendmentsby the Constitution (Eighth Amendment) Act, 1985.The Constitution (Ninth Amendment) Bill was passed by the Senate in 1986and was transmitted to the National Assembly. It was examined by a Select Committee of the Assembly but before presentation of its report, the Assembly was dissolved and the Billcould not become an Act.