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Senate Committee Approves Constitutional Amendment Bill to Grant National Status to Regional Languages
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May 10,2017

The Senate Standing Committee on Law & Justice, after detailed deliberation and after seeking input from concerned stakeholders, approved the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 introduced by Senators Sassui Palijo and Mukhtiar Ahmad Dhamrah with certain amendments.  The amendment was proposed in clause (1) of Article 251 of the Constitution to declare Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi, as national languages along with Urdu.  The Committee appreciated Senators Sassui Palijo and Mukhtiar Ahmad Dhamrah for their contribution. 

The Committee also took into consideration the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017 introduced by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati seeking amendment in Article 255 of the Constitution.  Members of the Committee waere of the view that there is dire need to take relevant stakeholders on-board and initiate a consultative process for seeking the view point of those who would be affected.  Further discussion on the Bill was deferred for seeking opinion from the quarters concerned.

The Committee also discussed the Public Petition submitted by Rukhsana Qamber pertaining to representation regarding taking over of the areas study centres for Africa, North and South America, Islamabad by Quaid-e-Azam University.  The Committee was informed about the legal status of the area centres by the Ministry concerned.  Miss. Rukhsana Qamber  gave her point of view on the matter.  Members of the Committee also put forward their recommendations in this regard.

The Committee was attended by Senator Saleem Zia, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Nihal Hashmi, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Saeed Ghani, Mrs. Zahida Khan, Farooq H. Naek, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Sassui Palijo, Mukhtiar Ahmad Dhamrah, Karim Ahmad Khawaja, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Taj Muhammad Afridi, Ahmad Hassan, Rehman A. Malik besides Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Atizaz Ahsan and high ranking official of the Ministry of Law, Pakistan Academy of Letters, experts and other stakeholders.

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