NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets
Wednesday, 24th November, 2021
Islamabad, 24th November, 2021; 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 11:00 A.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.
The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee shows its concerns and condemn the incident happened in Malir Court; wherein, mob of lawyers were seen torturing female client. The Committee further recommended to seek comments from the registrar of the concerned High Court about the said occurrence. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of previous meeting held on 18th November, 2021 and deferred the agenda No. 2 till its next meeting.
The Committee considered the Bills “The National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021 Ordinance No. XXIII of 2021” and “The National Accountability (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 Ordinance No. XXVI of 2021”. During detail deliberations majority of the members from the opposition criticized the mode of legislation adopted by the Government through Ordinances. Further, the Members shows their concern about the procedure of appointment of Chairman (NAB), appointment of retired District and Session Judges, as Judges of Accountability Courts, fixation of retirement age for the judges of Accountability Courts up to 68 years and declination of role of Provincial High Courts during appointment of Judges of Accountability Courts. It was also pointed out that where the word consultation used in the proposed amendments it should be substituted with the word meaningful consultation. Finally, it was agreed by the Committee that all the Members having concerns with regard to proposed amendments shall submit their suggestions/view point in writing before the Committee. The Committee deferred the Bill for further deliberations till its next meeting.
The Committee did not considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill,2021 (Article 11-A) by Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA” and deferred the same till next meeting due to non-availability and request of Hon. Mover.
The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021(Article 27) by Ms. Nusrat Wahid, MNA” and deferred the same till next meeting due to non-availability and request of Hon. Mover.
The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 59) moved by Jai Parkash, MNA” and deferred the same till next meeting due to non-availability and request of Hon. Mover.
Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranja, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Minister for Law and Justice besides the Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice along with their staff attended the meeting.