Law committee agrees to increase reserved seats for minorities in NA, PAs


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.

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 Balochistan.

The meeting of the committee was held at parliament under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk at Parliament House and considered ‘The Constitution (Amendment Bill, 2014’ moved by MNA Asiya Nasir.

The committee asked Asiya Nasir to improve draft of the proposed bill and again put it before the committee.

The law body also considered “the Code of Civil procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2015 moved by Sher Ali Akbar Khan pertaining to the implementation of civil court cases within six months after the decision and forwarded it to the legal reform committee for further consideration.

During the meeting, Secretary Law Muhammad Raza Khan briefed the committee that the government is introducing a new effective law for Islamabad for early disposal of the cases.

He said that under the proposed law for Islamabad civil cases would be concluded in one year and criminal cases in six months.

Commenting on the residential houses for the Islamabad High Court Judges, he said that the CDA allocated land near Quaid-e-Azam University for the purpose but the ministry did not get funds for the project so far.