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Bill seeking increase in minority seats submitted in NA

18 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a minority Member of National Assembly on Tuesday demanded allocation of division wise seats for minority representatives and grant of dual vote right to them as was in practice for the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

A session of the National Assembly commenced under the leadership of Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Speaking in the National Assembly after introducing a constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2013, amendment in Article 51 and 59, the minority MNA said the present legislators did not represent the minority community.

Dr Vankwani said division-wise constituencies for minorities would help in electing true representatives of minority community.

He further said that political parties supported the demand, as all believe that minorities should be granted right to vote and their seats should be enhanced.

The government did not oppose the Bill.

The speaker referred the bill to the relevant standing committee for further perusal and discussion.

The Speaker also referred the bill of Ms Kishwer Zehra's Bill to further amend the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (The constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2013. (Amendment in Article 51 and 59). Ms Kishwer said disabled should be given representation in Parliament.

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