The Lower House of Parliament on Friday adopted an amendment in Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly, 2007 to elect more than one Standing Committee for a Ministry, having more than one Division and each headed by separate ministers.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan moved a motion to consider the amendment and add proviso in rule 198 in sub-rule (1) before explanation. The text of this proviso is ‘Provided that more than one Standing Committee, be elected for a Ministry having more than one Division, where Divisions are headed by Separate Ministers’.
The House adopted the motion for consideration of this amendment and add the proviso with majority vote as 79 lawmakers voted in its favor and none of the legislator opposed it. Later, the amendment was formally approved.—APP