Minority Seats To Be Increased in National and Provincial Assemblies

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The Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Tuesday unanimously agreed to increase reserved seats for minorities in National Assembly as well as in the Provincial Assemblies.

Member of the National Assembly Asiya Nasir together with five other members had moved a Constitutional (amendment) Bill in 2004. The Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Tuesday considered the Bill and asked Asiya Nasir to improve draft of the proposed bill and again put it before the committee.

The meeting of the committee was held at Parliament under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk at Parliament House.

The committee reached consensus to increase five reserved seats in National Assembly, two each in Punjab and Sindh assemblies while one each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan.

Though the Bill was moved last year, it was formerly deferred by the parliamentary panel that told non-Muslims that that they should not consider increasing the number of their seats in Parliament until next year’s census was carried out.

Though Chairman Mahmood Bashir Virk observed that the census should not create hurdles in raising the number of seats for non-Muslims, majoritiy of the members of the panel insisted that the bill should be deferred.

Previously, National Assembly housed 10, Sindh 9, Punjab, 8 and KP and Baluchistan housed 3 seats for minorities.
The bill will now be presented in the National Assembly and then moved in the Senate.