Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while talking to media outside the Parliament House in Islamabad, said that, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has been appointed, unopposed, as head of the strong bicameral parliamentary committee to investigate the alleged rigging in General Elections 2018.
30-member parliamentary committee was formed by the government on October 15, after opposition demand and complains of rigging in the polls. The basic task of committee is to review allegations of irregularities in the general election and to present recommendations to ensure further transparency in the election process.
“The name of the committee is a trivial matter,” Khattak said while talking to the media. “We will settle it mutually,” he added. Khattak said that the task before the committee during its maiden meeting was to elect a chairperson, “which it accomplished by choosing me”. The former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister made it clear that appointing a co-chairperson was out of the question. “There will just be a chairperson,” he said.
The committee includes 15 lawmakers each from the government and opposition parties. Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood, Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Azam Swati and Amir Dogar, Khalid Magsi, Akhtar Mengal, Ameenul Haq and Ghous Bakhsh Mehr have been included in the parliamentary committee.
Other members of committee included Maulana Abdul Wasay, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Mohammad Ali Saif, Sarfraz Bugti, Nauman Wazir, Hidayatullah, Javed Abbasi, Asad Junejo, Usman Kakar and Rehman Malik
From opposition, Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer, Ahsan Iqbal, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Rana Sanaullah, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar and Ameer Haider Hoti have been included in the committee.
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25 April, 2019