Recognized as political nerve ends, the gatherers of information, the sifters of alternatives, the refiners of legislative detail, and the eyes and ears of the Parliament, much of the business of the House is handled by the Committees. The Senate of Pakistan has an efficient Committee System which has established traditions of sovereignty of the Parliament over the years and has dealt with a wide range of issues of national importance and public interest.

Senate Committees

  • Standing committees
  • Functional Committees
  • Committee on Government Assurances
  • Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas
  • Committee on Human Rights
  • Committee on Rules of procedure
  • Privileges and House Committee

Committee Membership: With a total membership of not more than fourteen members, that are elected by the Senate, the Minister or Adviser concerned shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee; provided that the Minister or Adviser shall not be entitled to vote as an ex-officio member unless, he is a member of the Senate.

A member cannot be a member of more than five Standing Committees at the same time.

Committee Rules: The Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges considers matters regarding the procedure and conduct of business in the House and disposes of the Privilege motions moved by the members of the House. As per Rule 163, all other matters including the composition and election to this Committee shall be regulated mutatis mutandis by rules relating to Standing Committee appearing hereafter; while the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs shall be its ex-officio member.

Committee at Work

As a result of the importance and complexity of its work, the Senate divides its tasks amongst committees. The chairman of each committee represents the majority party and controls committee business. Each party assigns its own members to committees, and each committee distributes its members amongst subcommittees.

There are limits on the number and types of committees served by one Senator. The main purpose of a committee is to interrogate executive organizations regarding issues of public importance. Hearings are held to gather information and views from non-committee experts.

Committees also meet to review amendments. A committee's influence extends to enactment of bills into law. Committee hearings are also held on the implementation and investigation of programs. These are known as oversight hearings.


S. No. Committee Name Committee Type Chairperson/ Convener Committee Secretary Members
1 Cabinet Secretariat Standing Committees Muhammad Talha Mahmood Ali Nawaz View Members
2 Commerce Standing Committees Mirza Muhammad Afridi Iffat Mustafa View Members
3 Communications Standing Committees Hidayat Ullah Mudassar Sher Ali Gondal View Members
4 Climate Change Standing Committees Sitara Ayaz Farzana Khan View Members
5 Defence Standing Committees Walid Iqbal Major (R) Syed Hasnain Haider View Members
6 Defence Production Standing Committees Lt. General Abdul Qayyum HI (M) Retd. Asim Khan Goraya View Members
7 Federal Education, Professional Training, National History & Literary Heritage Standing Committees Rahila Magsi Faiqa Abdulhaye View Members
8 Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Standing Committees Farooq Hamid Naek Iffat Mustafa View Members
9 Foreign Affairs Standing Committees Mushahid Hussain Sayed Rabeea Anwar View Members
10 Housing and Works Standing Committees Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Tariq Bin Waheed View Members
11 Interior Standing Committees Abdul Rehman Malik Tanvir Ahmed View Members
12 Information and Broadcasting Standing Committees Faisal Javed Adnan Ibne Asad View Members
13 Industries and Production Standing Committees Ahmed Khan Hafeezullah Sheikh View Members
14 Information Technology and Telecommunication Standing Committees Rubina Khalid Hafeezullah Sheikh View Members
15 Inter-Provincial Coordination Standing Committees Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar Qasim Omer View Members
16 Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Standing Committees Prof. Sajid Mir Shehwar Faryal View Members
17 Law and Justice Standing Committees Muhammad Javed Abbasi Haris Rehman View Members
18 National Food Security and Research Standing Committees Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Zarghoona Shabbir View Members
19 National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Standing Committees Khushbakht Shujat Javed Iqbal View Members
20 Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Standing Committees Hillal Ur Rehman Altaf Ahmed Sheikh View Members
21 Parliamentary Affairs Standing Committees Sassui Palijo Alamzeb View Members
22 Maritime Affairs Standing Committees Nuzhat Sadiq Amjad Ali View Members
23 Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Standing Committees Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri Syed Khurram Hussain Naqvi View Members
24 Planning Development and Special Initiatives Standing Committees Agha Shahzaib Durrani Wajdan Khaliq View Members
25 Petroleum Standing Committees Mohsin Aziz Rafiullah View Members
26 Power Standing Committees Fida Muhammad Abid Hussain Faraz View Members
27 Railways Standing Committees Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo Jamil Ahmed Khoso View Members
28 Science and Technology Standing Committees Mushtaq Ahmed Farzana Khan View Members
29 Privatization Standing Committees Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini Muhammad Usman View Members
30 Water Resources Standing Committees Shammim Afridi Hassan Gul Eshrat View Members
31 Government Assurances Functional Committees Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo Zahid Bashir View Members
32 Human Rights Functional Committees Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar Mughees Ahmad Shaikh View Members
33 Problems of Less Developed Areas Functional Committees Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Shahana Iftikhar View Members
34 Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Other Committees Ayesha Raza Farooq Muhammad Azam Sulahri View Members
35 Devolution Functional Committees Moula Bux Chandio Farhana Wagha View Members
36 Delegated Legislation Other Committees Kauda Babar Sadia Amir View Members
37 Narcotics Control Standing Committees Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen Zarghoona Shabbir View Members
38 Aviation Standing Committees Mushahid Ullah Khan Muhammad Fayyaz View Members
39 States and Frontier Regions Standing Committees Taj Muhammad Afridi Muhammad Tariq Mahsood View Members
40 Water Scarcity Special Committee Moula Bux Chandio Javed Iqbal View Members
41 Circular Debt Special Committee Syed Shibli Faraz Iffat Mustafa View Members
42 Law Reforms Special Committee Farooq Hamid Naek Muhammad Javed Iqbal View Members
43 China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) Special Committee Sherry Rehman Bushra Rafique Dahar View Members
44 Senate Implemenation Committee Special Committee Dilawar Khan Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan View Members
45 Senate House Committee Domestic Committees Saleem Mandviwalla Mughees Ahmad Shaikh View Members
46 Senate Library Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Shagufta Shaukat View Members
47 Senate Finance Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Dr. Syed Pervaiz Abbas View Members
48 House Business Advisory Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Dr. Syed Pervaiz Abbas View Members
49 Council of Chairpersons Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani View Members
50 Climate Change Caucus Domestic Committees Sherry Rehman Farhana Wagha View Members
51 To Examine purported grievances amongst some sections of the society and reach out/engage with the genuinely aggrieved persons to create national cohesion Special Committee Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Kamal Ahmed Feroz View Members
52 The Promotion and Development of Football in the Country Special Committee Dilawar Khan Muhammad Bilal Bokhari View Members
53 Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety Standing Committees Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Akhunzada Attaullah Khan Malik View Members
54 Strategic Plan Oversight Committee Domestic Committees Syed Shibli Faraz View Members
55 Senate Secretariat Employees Welfare Fund Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani View Members
56 Parliamentary Committee to Protect Minorities from Forced Conversions Parliamentary Committees - Faheem Ahmed View Members
57 Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights Parliamentary Committees Shunila Ruth View Members
58 Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan Parliamentary Committees Dr. Shireen M. Mazari View Members
59 Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women Parliamentary Committees - View Members
60 Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Parliamentary Committees Sher Ali Arbab View Members
61 Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Parliamentary Committees Syed Fakhar Imam View Members
62 Parliamentary Committee on National Security Parliamentary Committees Asad Qaiser View Members
63 Parliamentary Committee on the General Elections, 2018 Parliamentary Committees Pervez Khattak View Members
64 Parliamentary Consultation Committee on Legislative Business Parliamentary Committees Pervez Khattak View Members
65 Senate Emergency Relief Fund Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani View Members
66 Child Protection Special Committee Rubina Khalid Muhammad Ashfaq View Members
67 Committee of the whole Other Committees Farooq Hamid Naek Dr. Syed Pervaiz Abbas View Members
68 Special Committee to Review and Examine Jurisdictional issues between CDA and MCI Special Committee Mushahid Hussain Sayed Hafeezullah Sheikh View Members