ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary electoral reforms committee, constituted to evaluate the shortcomings of the country's electoral process, has elected Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as its first chairperson, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday.
The 33-member committee, comprising members of all parties in proportion to their representation in the parliament, will make recommendations to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the future.
Tasked with submitting its recommendations in three months, Dar said the committee will strive to complete its task within the stipulated timeframe.
The committee will meet under its new chief on Monday, August 11.
The lower house, under Rule 244(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, authorised the speaker to constitute the committee in consultation with the Senate chairman and leaders of the parliamentary parties.
Lawmakers from the lower house on the committee are Zahid Hamid, Anusha Rehman Khan Advocate, Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Abdul Rahim Mandokhail, Naeema Kishwar Khan, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Ghaus Bux Khan Mahar, Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal, Usman Khan Tarakai, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Ejazul Haq, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shazia Mari, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Shafqat Mehmood, Dr Shireen Mazari, Dr Arif Alvi and Dr Farooq Sattar.
Senators on the committee include Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Muhammad Talha Mehmood, Hilalur Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Mian Raza Rabbani, Farooq Hamid Naek, Haji Adeel, Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Col (retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.