As many as 12 PHD scholars along with members of faculty from Bahria University visited the Parliament House on Monday. The visitors were given a comprehensive briefing about the role, functions and organization of the Senate of Pakistan and a guided tour of the Senate hall.
The group was briefed by Additional Secretary Senate. The briefing gave a detailed account of what regulations governed the British held sub-continent and what laws were inherited after independence. It also gave chronological information about the successive government and their systems, constitutional development and the hiccups it faced down the history lane.
The delegation was also briefed about the current constitutional scheme of Pakistan under the 1973 Constitution and the respective roles of both Houses of the Parliament. The role of Senate in balancing the provincial inequality in representation, oversight of the government and policy guidelines was emphasized upon.
The briefing was followed by an interactive question-answer session in which the participants raised questions on the prospects of improved parliamentary performance as a result of continuous democratic process and an enhanced role of parliamentary committees.
The students and faculty later visited the Gali-e-Dastoor and were given a guided tour of the lane narrating the story of Pakistan's Constitutional struggle. The guided tour begins with a video documentary about the significance of the Gali and is followed by briefing about the five panels of Gali-e-Dastoor and the fountain in the courtyard. The students later witnessed the House proceedings.
It is pertinent to mention here that these visits are a part of Senate outreach programme to increase awareness about the Parliamentary role and functions among all segments of society.