PR No. 181 Finance Minister’s statement in Senate Islamabad

Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has announced that the PML-N government will support inclusion of members of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.

In his policy statement in Senate Thursday, on behalf of the government, the Finance Minister stated that six members of Senate may be included in the PAC. The six members of Senate may include one each from the provinces as well as FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), so as to give representation to all areas/regions in the Senate, the House of the Federation. The treasury and opposition in the Senate may have an equal share of three members each. Finance Minister suggested that the Chairman Senate may select the six members in consultation with Parliamentary leaders, keeping in view the proportionate strength of political parties in the house and the House may elect such six members through due process as per Rules of Business and Procedure of Senate. He further proposed that the Rules of Business of the Senate as well as the National Assembly be amended to reflect the new arrangement.

It may be recalled, that the proposal for representation of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PCA) has been under debate since last year. However, the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to honour the proposal of the Senate for inclusion of its members in the PAC. Senate passed the necessary amendments in its rules today, in order to give effect to the change which will be finalized once corresponding amendment is made by the National Assembly  in its Rules in the coming session.