Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice Chairman Senator Mohammad Javed Abbasi has said that the panel would present its recommendations regarding increasing the number of Balochistan lawmakers both in the provincial and National Assembly to the upper house of parliament.
“The House of Representatives of Balochistan demands 37 seats [from the current 17] for the National Assembly and 80 seats [from the current 65] for the provincial assembly,” said Senator Abbasi while addressing a press conference the other day.
“It is important to know the views of the members of the assembly and all stakeholders regarding three major constitutional amendment bills sent to the Senate standing committee,” said Abbasi, adding that consultations and suggestions were taken on legal bills.
Abbasi said the standing committee held consultations regarding constitutional amendments for increasing the number of seats of provincial and National Assembly, forming new provinces and raising the age limit from 14 years to 16 in the child labour laws.
“The Standing Advisory Committee has received important suggestions from the members of the Balochistan Assembly and all stakeholders, and is convinced that the majority opinion on constitutional amendments regarding increasing the number of seats to 37 for the National Assembly and 80 for the Balochistan Assembly is agreed upon,” said Abbasi.
He said that the standing committee would present its proposals and recommendations in the upper house, adding that the final decision would be taken by parliament.
“Promoting law and justice and giving important suggestions would help achieve the goals of the committee,” the chairman said, adding that before Balochistan a public hearing was also held in Sindh for the formation of a national consensus for these important constitutional amendments.
“People understand that the constituencies of the provincial and National Assembly are few and an increase is inevitable,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2019.