Islamabad (November 09, 2017): The government has summoned the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) on November 13, 2017 to allay the reservations of opposition parties especially Pakistan People’s Party and approve the draft delimitation bill from the council.
The meeting of the top constitutional body has been convened in Islamabad on coming Monday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will preside over the meeting which will also be attended by chief ministers of all the four provinces.The meeting will discuss the issue of population census and the draft delimitation bill.
It is to be mentioned here that several back-to-back meetings of leaders of all parliamentary parties in the National Assembly has failed to evolve consensus over the issue of delimitation in light of the fresh population census as the opposition was demanding to sent the draft delimitation bill to CCI for its approval.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had chaired the meetings, which proved inconclusive due to opposition stubbornness to stick to its demand of sending the draft legislation to CCI for approval before tabling in the Parliament.The meetings had been briefed by officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Statistics Division.
Last week, the parties had agreed on keeping the total number of NA seats the same and changing the quota of the provinces in light with the provisional census results.
However, when the time came to pass the appropriate legislation in the NA, the main opposition parties, PPP, PTI and MQM, backed out from supporting it.