National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar on Wednesday formed a council of senior parliamentarians. The council will be promoting democratic norms across the party division. Which will ensure avoidance from any sexist, religious, or party slogans raised during proceedings. According to the statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat. The speaker chaired the council while National Assembly secretary Tahir Hussain acted as its secretary. The council notified the formation of the 15 member council and its terms of reference.
The council would comprise members from all parties Including MNAs Syed Fakhar Iman, Shafqat Mahmood and Pervaiz Khattak from PTI. Dr Fehmida Mirza from GDA, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui from MQM-Pakistan. Khalid Hussain Magsi from BAP, Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema from PML-Q, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk from PML-N. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Aftab Shaban Mirani from PPP, Shahida Akhtar Ali from JUI-F and Sardar Akhar Mengal from BNP (Mengal).
“The TORs of the council include promotion of established parliamentary norms and to encourage the young parliamentarians to participate in the proceedings of the house,” it says. Furthermore adding that “the council will also ensure issue-based debate and avoidance of any sexist, religious or ethnic slogans during the proceedings of the House.”
The council will also guide and assist the chair in implementing democratic norms in the house.