NA panel to consider number of SC judges amendment bill

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Monday asked the representatives of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) to attend the next meeting along with reports in writing on the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2021 for consideration by the committee.

The bill was moved by Qadir Khan Mandokhail. Chaired by Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, the Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting.

The committee also considered other bills, including the Qanun-e-Shahadat (Amendment) Bill, 2022, The Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the Public Properties (Removal of Encroachment) Ordinance,2021 (Government Bills) and deferred the same.

The committee considered the Railway (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill) and recommended that it may be passed by the assembly. However, Aliya Kamran submitted her note of dissent.

The NA panel considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 175-A, 177 & 182) moved by Qadir Khan Mandokhail and deferred the same for further deliberations.

Moreover, the committee considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 24-A) moved by Khurram Dastgir and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 168) moved by Ali Gohar Khan and recommended that the same should not be passed by the assembly.

The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 5) moved by Shahida Rehmani was also considered by the panel, which recommended that it should be passed by the assembly.

The committee did not consider the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A) moved by Kishwar Zehra and differed the same due to the unavailability of the mover.