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Govt handpicks four lawmakers

Parliamentary Committee for Judicial Appointments
MQM, ANP unhappy over being neglected by govt
Special Correspondent/ Agencies
ISLAMABAD: The names of four members of Parliament belonging to Treasury Benches for the 8-member Parliamentary Committee for making senior judicial appointments under Article 175(A) of the Constitution were finalised on Tuesday.
In a statement spokesperson to the President, Farhatullah Babar said names were finalised in the light of the recommendations made by the Prime Minister in a meeting with the President. He said four members of the Parliament belonging to Treasury comprise of two senators and two members of the National Assembly.
He said two National Assembly members nominated as members of the Parliamentary Committee, including Aftab Shaban Mirani from Sindh and Asma Alamgir Arbab from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The two Senators nominated to the Parliamentary Committee, including Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari from Punjab and Sabir Baloch from Balochistan, he added.

The names have been chosen to represent all provinces and also to give representation to women, he said.
The names are being communicated to the secretariates of the National Assembly and Senate.
Meanwhile, MQM and ANP have expressed their reservations on nomination of four members in respect of parliamentary committee constituted for appointment of judge saying that neither the government consulted them nor took them into confidence in respect of these nominations.
MQM central leader and federal minister Babar Ghauri said MQM would talk to PPP leadership with reference to parliamentary committee.
“We are utterly disappointed over the decision taken by the government on this count”, he added. He held MQM had not been taken on board on this matter. “We will try issue is resolved through dialogue”.
On the other hand ANP central leader Senator Zahid Khan said government like tax issue had not consulted his party and ANP had not been taken into confidence on such a vital matter.
“ANP is disappointed over this decision”, he added. Government should not take such steps which foments discontentment and unrest among other parties, he underlined.


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