ISLAMABAD - The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday submitted a constitutional amendment bill (18th amendment bill) in the NA secretariat that stressed primarily for giving complete autonomy to the constituent units of the federation. While talking to media after submitting the bill, MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said that a strong federation was not a guarantee to a strong Pakistan 'and it is the need of the hour to uproot feudal system from the country'. He said that MQM through its constitutional amendment bill wanted to bring changes in the out-dated political system. Dr Farooq Sattar said that the provincial autonomy was imperative to steer the country out of the current crises, being faced on national and international level. He underlined that the Federation should have control over defence, foreign affairs and currency while all unnecessary points of the 17th Amendment Bill should be abolished. "The Bill for 18th amendment is indeed the same proposal that the party had submitted by the MQM earlier in 2007 in the National Assembly that had also proposed amendments to ensure balance of power among all democratic institutions," he observed. He said that MQM had pressed for the provincial autonomy, as the party understood that democracy could flourish and stabilize only after the devolution of powers. He said that sense of deprivation amongst the provinces needed to be dealt with constitutionally. "The time has come to remove sense of deprivation among masses and to end the possibility of Martial Law in the country", he added. Dr Farooq Sattar said that a comprehensive package of provincial autonomy had been incorporated in the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill and the complete concept of independence of the judiciary was also included in that bill.