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.
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||House Business Advisory Committee||Domestic Committees||Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani||Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan||View Members|
|2||Senate House Committee||Domestic Committees||Mirza Muhammad Afridi||View Members|
|3||Senate Finance Committee||Domestic Committees||Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani||Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan||View Members|
|4||Aviation||Standing Committees||Hidayat Ullah||Syed Khurram Hussain Naqvi||View Members|
|5||Interior||Standing Committees||Mohsin Aziz||Tanvir Ahmed||View Members|
|6||Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges||Other Committees||Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo||Muhammad Azam Sulahri||View Members|
|7||Maritime Affairs||Standing Committees||Rubina Khalid||Amjad Ali||View Members|
|8||Communications||Standing Committees||Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai||Mudassar Sher Ali Gondal||View Members|
|9||Commerce||Standing Committees||Zeeshan Khanzada||Iffat Mustafa||View Members|
|10||Planning Development and Special Initiatives||Standing Committees||Saleem Mandviwalla||Wajdan Khaliq||View Members|
|11||Finance Revenue and Economic Affairs||Standing Committees||Muhammad Talha Mahmood||Iffat Mustafa||View Members|
|12||Defence||Standing Committees||Mushahid Hussain Sayed||Major (R) Syed Hasnain Haider||View Members|
|13||Foreign Affairs||Standing Committees||Sherry Rehman||Hafeezullah Sheikh||View Members|
|14||Industries and Production||Standing Committees||Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari||Muhammad Abubakar Siddique||View Members|
|15||Government Assurances||Functional Committees||Kamil Ali Agha||Zahid Bashir||View Members|
|16||Cabinet Secretariat||Standing Committees||Rana Maqbool Ahmad||Ali Nawaz||View Members|
|17||Law and Justice||Standing Committees||Syed Ali Zafar||Haris Rehman||View Members|
|18||Information and Broadcasting||Standing Committees||Faisal Javed||Hafsa Farooq||View Members|
|19||Petroleum||Standing Committees||Mohammad Abdul Qadir||Rafiullah||View Members|
|20||Committee on Delegated Legislation||Other Committees||Farooq Hamid Naek||Muhammad Javed Iqbal||View Members|
|21||Devolution||Functional Committees||Mushtaq Ahmed||Farhana Wagha||View Members|
|22||Power||Standing Committees||Saifullah Abro||Bushra Rafique Dahar||View Members|
|23||Parliamentary Affairs||Standing Committees||Taj Haider||Alamzeb||View Members|
|24||Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development||Standing Committees||Manzoor Ahmed||Muhammad Bilal Bokhari||View Members|
|25||Inter-Provicial Coordination||Standing Committees||Mian Raza Rabbani||Hafsa Farooq||View Members|
|26||Information Technology and Telecommunication||Standing Committees||Kauda Babar||Sadia Amir||View Members|
|27||Climate Change||Standing Committees||Seemee Ezdi||Wajeeha Riaz||View Members|
|28||Defence Production||Standing Committees||Dilawar Khan||Asim Khan Goraya||View Members|
|29||Federal Education Professional Training National Heritage and Culture||Standing Committees||Irfan-ul-Haque Siddiqui||Qasim Omer||View Members|
|30||Housing and Works||Standing Committees||Hidayatullah Khan||Tariq Bin Waheed||View Members|
|31||Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan||Standing Committees||Prof. Sajid Mir||Faiqa Abdulhaye||View Members|
|32||Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety||Standing Committees||Naseebullah Bazai||Yawer Kadir Shahwani||View Members|
|33||National Health Services Regulations and Coordination||Standing Committees||Muhammad Hamayun Mohmand||Ayaz Ahmed Soomro||View Members|
|34||Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony||Standing Committees||Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri||Mughees Ahmad Shaikh||View Members|
|35||Privatization||Standing Committees||Shammim Afridi||Muhammad Usman||View Members|
|36||Railways||Standing Committees||Muhammad Qasim||Jamil Ahmed Khoso||View Members|
|37||Science and Technology||Standing Committees||Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen||View Members|
|38||States and Frontier Regions||Standing Committees||Hilal-ur-Rehman||Azhar Siddique||View Members|
|39||Narcotics Control||Standing Committees||Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhary||Zarghoona Shabbir||View Members|
|40||National Food Security and Research||Standing Committees||Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah||Zarghoona Shabbir||View Members|
|41||Human Rights||Standing Committees||Walid Iqbal||Rabeea Anwar||View Members|
|42||Water Resources||Standing Committees||Musadik Masood Malik||Dr. Hassan Gul Eshrat||View Members|
|43||Senate Library Committee||Domestic Committees||Muhammad Azam Khan Swati||Shagufta Shaukat||View Members|
|44||To investigate the alleged incident before the oath taking of newly elected Senators on 12-03-2021||Other Committees||View Members|
|45||Parliamentary Committee to Protect Minorities from Forced Conversions||Parliamentary Committees||Liaqat Khan Tarakai||Akif Naeem||View Members|
|46||The Promotion and Development of Football in the Country||Special Committee||Faisal Saleem Rahman||Muhammad Bilal Bokhari||View Members|