ISLAMABAD: The government and the opposition could not build a consensus on the terms of reference (TORs) for investigation into the alleged rigging during general elections in sub-committee meeting and referred the matter to the central parliamentary panel.
The central parliamentary committee for investigation into the rigging allegations, head by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, had tasked the sub-committee with drafting the TORs. The sub-committee held its meeting at the Parliament House with its convener Shafqat Mehmood in the chair.
Rana Sanaullah of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Naveed Qamar of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) represented the opposition parties. At the meeting, both the government and the opposition remained firm with their own drafts of the TORs.
It was then decided that the review of government’s and the opposition’s TORs will be made by the central committee. Mehmood told the media that the central committee chairman Pervez Khattak had demanded a ruling from speaker Asad Qaiser about its authority to conduct the investigation.
The speaker had said that this consideration would also be made by the central parliamentary committee, Mehmood added.