Khurshid set to head MPs body on Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah would likely to be elected chairman of the Parliamentary Committee constituted by Speaker National Assembly to review the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan when it will meet here tomorrow to draw the contours of its working parameters and electing its chairman.The committee which has representation from all the parliamentary parties in the National Assembly would be given two-month time to come up with recommendations to bring the fast-deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan under control.

The 17-member committee includes five members from PPP, four from PML-N, three from Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, two from MQM and one each from JUI-F, ANP and PML-F.The names of the members given by the their respective parties are; Syed Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Noor Alam, Ayetullah Durrani and Qadir Patel from PPP, Sardar Mahtab Khan Abbassi, Khawaja Asif, Zahid Hamid and Rana Tanvir from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Ghaus Bukhsh Mehar, Riaz Pirzada and Zubaida Jalal from Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Sohail Mansur would represent MQM while Khuda Bukhsh Rajar, Ghulam Ahmad Bilor and Maulana Fazlur Rahman would represent Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, ANP and JUI-F respectively.

Sources in the government informed that PPP had completed the homework to get Syed Khurshid Shah nominated as the consensus Chairman of the committee as he would be the most suitable person for the slot and would be equally acceptable to both treasury and opposition members of the committee.In its maiden session besides electing its chairman the committee would define its terms of reference and working mechanism, as it has to file its recommendations to the Parliament within two months time.Sources in the government informed that the committee members would likely visit Karachi and Quetta to have firsthand knowledge about the causes of trouble in two provincial capitals. The committee would likely meet the stakeholders not part of the incumbent Parliament and would also have their input to make the recommendations comprehensive and effective. – Nation