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Proposal for joint parliamentary committees rejected



ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has rejected the proposal of Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari to constitute joint parliamentary committees comprising members of both houses of parliament.
The NA speaker has informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about his decision, according to sources in the assembly secretariat, on Monday. Senate chairman had floated the proposal some months back to form such committees in order to dispose off the legislation speedily as well as to cut down the expenditure on the committees of both the houses meeting separately. The Senate chairman had sought the rationale of coordination between the two houses when their joint committees meet. As per the proposal, the joint committees were proposed to be comprised of members of both the houses as per their numerical strength.
According to sources, the NA speaker submitted the proposals of Senate chairman in House Business Advisory Committee of the House having representation all the parties in the National Assembly. All the parties opposed the proposal of the Senate shairman on the grounds that the assembly has its own rules and procedures, and committees work as per these regulations. They believed that the Senate chairman’s proposal is not workable and is not worth considering. As per the decision of all the parliamentary groups, the speaker informed the prime minister about the decision of the assembly to its communication onward to Senate chairman. 

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