MPs protest plan to roll back 18th Amendment
31 December, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Members of the Special Standing Committee lodged a strong protest against the alleged conspiracy to roll back the 18th Constitutional Amendment. However, the government said that it had no such intention.
The Senate's special standing committee has expressed its deep concern over forming alternate ministries of those subjects devolved to the provinces under 18th Amendment.
During the Monday meeting of the committee, convened under the chair of Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, in order to resolve the issue and reservations of provinces over related subject(s), a special sub-committee was formed under the chair of Mian Raza Rabbani, to evolve regulations and procedures to be submitted to standing committee within two months.
The committee members Mian Raza Rabbani, Afrasayab Khattak, Zahid Khan, Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Kulsoom Parveen and Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mashadi were of the view that government had evolved alternate ministries to those devolved to provinces under 18th Amendment.
Despite government's assurances to the committee that 18th Amendment would not be withdrawn, strong doubts prevailed forcing chairman committee to admonish federal cabinet to avoid any statements regarding the recall of 18th Amendment.