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November 28, 2013
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Provincial quota in jobs to remain intact for 20 more years

November 28, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee for Law and Justice on Wednesday approved the 23rd Constitutional Amendment Bill with the majority vote, while the MQM opposed the bill. The standing committee met here in the Parliament House under the chair of its Chairman Mehmood Wardagh Bashir and mulled over four bills, including the 23rd Constitutional Amendment Bill.
The committee approved the 23rd Constitutional Amendment bill with majority of vote while three other bills with consensus.Details said as per amendment it has been proposed in the bill to extend the quota of provinces in jobs of federal government for next 20 years, which will benefit small and backward provinces. During the meeting, the committee chairman stated that approval of amendment at this time will be most beneficial for Balochistan, while Punjab will be most affected. He said, “Approval of this amendment is necessary to end the sense of deprivation among small provinces, however it could be included in the bill that no extension should be made in it in future.” The duration of provincial quota in the federal government jobs has ended since August 13, 2013, and till now this matter has been running through an ordinance.
MQM member SA Iqbal Qadri raised the point that there should be same merit for all Pakistanis and no one should be given priority on the basis of quota, this system should end because it affects deserving people. The committee also approved the bill of awarding representation to Islamabad High Court (IHC) in National Judicial Committee, while Ministry for Law and Justice failed to present the details regarding salaries and privileges of Supreme and high courts judges before the committee due to shortage of time. The committee approved the Amendment Bill 2013 for giving representation to IHC in the National Judicial Committee with consensus.
Earlier, the committee chairman said that rules of Supreme Court were made clear in 1980 so the bill of

eliminating the federal court should be approved which was made under the regulations of 1976. After that, committee approved the Elimination of Federal Court Bill 2013 with majority. Other than that committee also approved the Amendment Bill 2013 regarding Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils. This amendment will provide the legal security to the decisions taken by disciplinary committees of Bar Councils.

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