New provinces: Commission to again invite PML-N into meeting
01 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary commission for creation of new provinces in Punjab will again approach the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to invite it to participate in the commission's meeting next week.
Although an invitation would be extended to the PML-N to attend the proceedings of the commission, it seems in no mood to change its composition, which has become a bone of contention between the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the PML-N. The commission, which was to meet on Friday, put off its meeting, owing to what its chairman, Farhatullah Babar, said was inability of some commission members to attend its proceedings.
Despite postponing the meeting, Babar visited the Parliament House on Friday and met with Law Minister Farooq Naek to discuss legal issues regarding the commission.
Talking to reporters, he said the commission would again make an attempt to bring PML-N members aboard to move ahead for carving out new federating units in Punjab, the most populous province. PML-N has three members in the commission, however it rejected the composition of the commission by raising objection over Babar and Haji Adeel from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Dr Farooq Sattar from Sindh, saying they had no political stake in Punjab.
Although the commission has started functioning, it is still incomplete as nomination of two members from the Punjab Assembly is yet to come. It is pertinent to mention that the Punjab Assembly, where the PML-N in majority, has already rejected the commission a couple of days back. Senator Babar, however, ruled out any change in the composition of the commission. "The commission can't be reconstituted now," he categorically stated.
Over a petition challenging the commission in the Lahore High Court, Babar said the commission had not been stopped from functioning. He told the media that the commission would meet next week and its meetings would be held regularly from the next week onward.
Earlier, despite the PML-N's boycott, the commission had decided to continue its proceedings. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Babar on Wednesday. It was decided that all sessions of the commission would be in-camera so it could work with concentration. During the meeting, an initial debate on framing rules was conducted, while it was decided that the Law Ministry would be consulted in the next meeting.