ISLAMABAD - The Parliamentary Committee, which had drafted the 18th Amendment, in a meeting here on Friday threw its weight behind its Chairman Senator Mian Raza Rabbani to defend the Amendment in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Although the committee after the passage of 18th Amendment from both the Houses of the Parliament became dysfunctional but keeping in view the seriousness of the matter it was reactivated so that the strength of whole Parliament would be behind its chairman Mian Raza Rabbani when he would stand before the apex court in defence of the Amendment. In the meeting held under the chair of Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, who is also heading the commission for implementation of the 18th Amendment, the committee reviewed the matter pertaining to the 18th Amendment and the portions challenged by it before the court of law. The members were unanimous in their view that on their behalf Senator Mian Raza Rabbani would defend it before the court of law and present their point of view before the apex court. Later talking to media persons, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that the committee members had discussed the matter threadbare and they had devised the strategy to defend the Amendment in the apex court. To a question, he said that Parliament was independent and sovereign institution and the 18th Amendment was passed with voice vote from both Houses of the provinces. The 18th Amendment has the ownership of the Parliament and the provinces.