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New provinces' commission devices its rules, regulations

11 December, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary commission on creation of new provinces has worked out its rules and regulations amid continuing boycott by the PML-N.

The commission met on Monday under its chairman, Farhatullah Babar, in the Parliament House. Only four members, including Haji Adeel, Farooq Sattar and Sughra Imam, attended the meeting, while the PML-N boycotted it. Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Farhatullah Babar said the commission would continue its work despite PML-N boycott. "If the PML-N has any reservations they should come in the meeting and we will address their concerns," he said.

The commission will finalise its proposals on creation of new provinces soon, he added. "The commission has decided to solicit proposals in writing from different stakeholders on the issue of carving of new provinces besides seeking view point of leading experts," he remarked. The stakeholders have been asked to send their proposals to the commission within ten days, he told the journalists. Its next meeting would be convened this week, Babar announced.

To a question, he said the commission's previous meeting was held in September and the delay in summoning the next meeting was caused due to the fact that commission was invested with no powers nor had it evolved its rules and regulations. The National Assembly speaker had issued a notification on the delegation of powers to the commission on December 3, he indicated, and went on to say that the commission had been constituted in the light of unanimously adopted resolution of the Punjab Assembly.

Through this resolution the president was asked to devise a procedure for creation of two new provinces in Punjab. To another question, he said that another resolution through which one commission was rejected was not a consensus resolution. Senator Haji Adil said, "We have also to see on commission's forum if creation of new provinces was financially feasible."

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