ISLAMABAD: Deadlock continues to hover over the consultation regarding fresh delimitation in the light of latest census as National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq again called meeting of the parliamentary leaders at 11am tomorrow (Wednesday).
Today’s meeting of parliamentary leaders in National Assembly came to a close without any progress over the issue of delimitation of constituencies.
The Opposition voiced exasperation over prorogation of the National Assembly session for an unspecified period.
MQM-P’s Dr. Farooq Sattar warned the government alone will be responsible if the elections get delayed. He also signaled taking resort to Supreme Court over grievances of his party regarding the latest census.
Meantime, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan summoned a meeting of his party’s Core Committee to discuss the issue.
The speaker claimed all political parties are unanimous that the general elections should not be delayed.
Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhary urged all political parties to forge consensus on delimitation of constituencies.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today, he regretted that PPP and PTI are creating hurdles in the way of delimitations, which is a constitutional requirement.
He said PML-N agreed to delimitations despite the fact that seats of Punjab in the National Assembly would decrease as a result of new delimitations.
Talal Chaudhary said PML(N) incurred political loss but did not allow the system to destabilize.
The government led by PML-N constituted a five-member committee to develop consensus over fresh delimitation.
The new delimitations will see the decrease of nine National Assembly seats from Punjab and increase of four seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and increase of three seats from Balochistan.
Earlier, the NA Speaker held two meetings with leaders of parliamentary parties where they pulled off evolving consensus and decided to keep the total seats of National Assembly at 272. –Samaa
Story first published: 7th November 2017