Govt, opposition agree on 20th amendment in Senate


The government and opposition parties have reached an agreement on the 20th amendment to the Constitution just before its presentation before the Senate.
According to the media reports the concerns of the Pakistan Muslim Leageu-Quaid (PML-Q) would be addressed in the 21st Amendment. The 20th amendment will be approved by the Upper House smoothly with the support of the opposition.
The reports said that both sides had agreed that PML-Q suggestions would not be included in the amendment; however, they agreed to move 21st constitutional amendment for the inclusion of PML-Q’s suggestions.
PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujahat told media that no change would be made in the 20th amendment. He said that their suggestions would be included in 21st amendment.
Earlier, the PML-Q had opposed the suggestion to send matter of interim setup to the chief election commissioner.
Q-League is of the view that if parliamentary committee could not settle the matter of interim setup, the matter should be sent to the parliament again instead of sending to the chief election commissioner. ANP also supported the PML-Q recommendations in this regard.
Different parties expressed their concern for not giving representation to the Senate in the proposed interim setup. The members of the house also suggested that Senate members should also be included in the parliamentary committee constituted for the interim setup.
The Senate members said that the committee should be constituted by the chairman Senate and the speaker National Assembly jointly.