ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has convened a meeting of the parliamentary leaders on Monday (Sep 28) to discuss for holding free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan as well as in the context of the upcoming elections of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
The Committee meeting would be held at 3pm in the Constitution Room (Committee Room No 5), Parliament House.
For this purpose, the speaker National Assembly has written letters to the parliamentary leaders inviting them to attend the meeting.
The speaker in his missive to the parliamentary leaders said there have been ongoing debates and concerns with regard to holding of fair and transparent elections in Pakistan as well as in the context of upcoming elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
He said we, as representatives of people of Pakistan, should effectively address these concerns by proposing suitable mechanisms and amendments in the existing laws/rules/procedures from the apex forum of the Parliament.
The speaker asked the parliamentary leaders to share proposals for bringing required reforms in the existing electioneering process in Pakistan as well as for the upcoming elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly to introduce more robust, fair and transparent election process.
He was certain that with their valuable input and cooperation, they would be able to bring more transparency and fairness in the electioneering process in Pakistan, and would live up to the expectations of the citizenry.
The speaker requested them to attend the meeting to share proposals/concerns and suggest an inclusive mechanism for reforming the election process in Pakistan.
The parliamentary leaders invited to attend the meeting include Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Leader of the Opposition, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Asad Mahmood, Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema, Federal Minister for Housing and Works, Mohammad Akhtar Mengal, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khalid Hussain Magsi, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Federal Minister for Railways, Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, and Amir Haider Azam Khan.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2020