PM sets up committee to discuss electoral reforms, amendments

By: News Desk      Published: 08:31 PM, 18 Mar, 2021
PM sets up committee to discuss electoral reforms, amendments
Prime Minister Imran Khan.–File photo

As the federal government is considering amendments to some vital laws, Prime Minister Imran Khan has set up a 10-member committee of party leaders to deliberate the issue. 

According to sources, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Science and Technology Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Amir Kiyani, Saifullah Niazi and Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz have been made members of the committee. The committee will hold meetings with the prime minister on a daily basis and hold talks with the opposition political parties on electoral reforms and constitutional amendments.

Qureshi and Khattak have been assigned the task of bringing the opposition parties to talks on electoral reforms and constitutional amendments. The committee will also take up issues like economy, job creation, relief package and subsidies and present its suggestions. The government is also considering providing direct relief to deserving people in different walks of life through the Ehsaas Programme. 

In a related development, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has written a letter to parliamentary leaders of all political parties in Senate and the National Assembly for creation of a parliamentary committee, which will take up electoral reforms. The speaker has informed the opposition parties that the committee on electoral reforms would have representatives from all political parties. The committee will be notified after nomination of parliamentary leaders in the Senate. Electoral reforms are inevitable for free and fair elections in Pakistan.