Opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Syed Khurshid Shah has said opposition will put up stiff resistance if any bid is made to take away powers from provinces by bringing change in 18th amendment of constitution.

Syed Khurshid Shah said this in a statement issued here Saturday. The entire opposition will stand united on this issue and defend 18th amendment, he added.

Khurshid held that government had said with reference to change in schedule for holding presidential polls that a large number of parliamentarians and members of provincial assembly will be performing Umrah or Aitkaf and electoral college will not stand completed. Government should inform how many parliamentarians or members of provincial assembly have flown to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah or Aitkaf, he inquired.