Pervez Khattak appointed head of parliamentary committee on rigging

Pervez Khattak appointed head of parliamentary committee on rigging

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak has been appointed chairman of the parliamentary committee to probe alleged rigging in the July 25 general election.

A meeting of the committee, formed after opposition demand and complains of wide-spread rigging in the polls on Wednesday elected Pervez Khattak unopposed.

The committee members also agreed on constitution of a 10-member sub-committee to draft terms of reference, with five members each from treasury and opposition benches.

The government on October 15 had announced the 30-member parliamentary committee to probe alleged rigging.

The committee will review allegations of irregularities in the general election and will present recommendations for ensuring further transparency in the election process.

The committee includes 15 lawmakers each from the government and opposition parties.

Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood, Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Azam Swati and Amir Dogar have been included in the parliamentary committee.

Khalid Magsi, Akhtar Mengal, Ameenul Haq and Ghous Bakhsh Mehr will also be part of the committee.

From opposition, Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanveer, Ahsan Iqbal, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Rana Sanaullah, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar and Ameer Haider Hoti have been included in the committee.

The committee also included Maulana Abdul Wasay, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Mohammad Ali Saif, Sarfraz Bugti, Nauman Wazir, Hidayatullah, Javed Abbasi, Asad Junejo, Usman Kakar and Rehman Malik.

Last month, the government and opposition parties had agreed on the formation of the committee to probe alleged rigging of July 25 polls and a resolution was passed in the National Assembly in this regard.