ISLAMABAD - In the light of new rules of business of the Senate , the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will have the lion’s share in the chairmanship of Senate standing and functional committees, as the slots would be allocated to the political parties and independent groups in accordance with their proportional strength in the House.
However, a source in the Senate Secretariat informed that the ruling PPP would adjust its coalition partners including Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and PML-Q in the chairmanship of the committees.
According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate 2012, the chairmanship of committees shall be allocated by the Chairman in accordance with proportional strength of the political parties and independent groups in the House. Under the new rules, the Senate shall elect the members of the Standing and Functional Committees within two months after the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman.
After March 02 Senate election, PPP has emerged as the largest party in the 104 member Upper House of the Parliament having 41 seats followed by PML-N having 14, ANP and independents including FATA 12 each, MQM and JUI-F seven each, PML-Q 5, Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A) 4, PML-F and National Party (NP) one each.
The Senate Secretariat has formally started the process to constitute the Standing and Functional Committees that constitutionally stood dissolved from March 12 after the expiry of term of half of the members of the Senate . All the House committees constitutionally stand dissolved after every three years when half of members of the House retire after the expiry of their six year.
Around 31 House committees including 25 standing committees, three functional committee and three special committees stood dissolved on March 12.
The Senate Secretariat has already sought options from the legislators for becoming the members of the House committees keeping in view their expertise in the specific area or ministry. The Senate Secretariat shall nominate the legislators in the committees in the light of their choices submitted to it. Under the rules, a member of the Senate shall not be a member of more than four standing or functional committees at the same time. An official of the Secretariat informed that Secretary Senate had also held detailed meeting with the Special Secretary on the issue of formation of new committees during the last couple of days.