Committees

Recognized as political nerve ends, the gatherers of information, the sifters of alternatives, the refiners of legislative detail, and the eyes and ears of the Parliament, much of the business of the House is handled by the Committees. The Senate of Pakistan has an efficient Committee System which has established traditions of sovereignty of the Parliament over the years and has dealt with a wide range of issues of national importance and public interest.

Senate Committees

  • Standing committees
  • Functional Committees
  • Committee on Government Assurances
  • Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas
  • Committee on Human Rights
  • Committee on Rules of procedure
  • Privileges and House Committee

Committee Membership: With a total membership of not more than fourteen members, that are elected by the Senate, the Minister or Adviser concerned shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee; provided that the Minister or Adviser shall not be entitled to vote as an ex-officio member unless, he is a member of the Senate.

A member cannot be a member of more than five Standing Committees at the same time.

Committee Rules: The Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges considers matters regarding the procedure and conduct of business in the House and disposes of the Privilege motions moved by the members of the House. As per Rule 163, all other matters including the composition and election to this Committee shall be regulated mutatis mutandis by rules relating to Standing Committee appearing hereafter; while the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs shall be its ex-officio member.

Committee at Work

As a result of the importance and complexity of its work, the Senate divides its tasks amongst committees. The chairman of each committee represents the majority party and controls committee business. Each party assigns its own members to committees, and each committee distributes its members amongst subcommittees.

There are limits on the number and types of committees served by one Senator. The main purpose of a committee is to interrogate executive organizations regarding issues of public importance. Hearings are held to gather information and views from non-committee experts.

Committees also meet to review amendments. A committee's influence extends to enactment of bills into law. Committee hearings are also held on the implementation and investigation of programs. These are known as oversight hearings.

 


S. No. Committee Name Committee Type Chairperson/ Convener Committee Secretary Members
1 Cabinet Secretariat Standing Committees Muhammad Talha Mahmood Ali Nawaz View Members
2 Commerce Standing Committees Mirza Muhammad Afridi Iffat Mustafa View Members
3 Communications Standing Committees Hidayat Ullah Mudassar Sher Ali Gondal View Members
4 Climate Change Standing Committees Farzana Khan View Members
5 Defence Standing Committees Walid Iqbal Major (R) Syed Hasnain Haider View Members
6 Defence Production Standing Committees Lt. General Abdul Qayyum HI (M) Retd. Asim Khan Goraya View Members
7 Federal Education, Professional Training, National History & Literary Heritage Standing Committees Rahila Magsi Faiqa Abdulhaye View Members
8 Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Standing Committees Farooq Hamid Naek Iffat Mustafa View Members
9 Foreign Affairs Standing Committees Mushahid Hussain Sayed Rabeea Anwar View Members
10 Housing and Works Standing Committees Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Tariq Bin Waheed View Members
11 Interior Standing Committees Abdul Rehman Malik Tanvir Ahmed View Members
12 Information and Broadcasting Standing Committees Faisal Javed Adnan Ibne Asad View Members
13 Industries and Production Standing Committees Ahmed Khan Hafeezullah Sheikh View Members
14 Information Technology and Telecommunication Standing Committees Rubina Khalid Hafeezullah Sheikh View Members
15 Inter-Provincial Coordination Standing Committees Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar Qasim Omer View Members
16 Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Standing Committees Prof. Sajid Mir Shehwar Faryal View Members
17 Law and Justice Standing Committees Muhammad Javed Abbasi Haris Rehman View Members
18 National Food Security and Research Standing Committees Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Zarghoona Shabbir View Members
19 National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Standing Committees Khushbakht Shujat Javed Iqbal View Members
20 Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Standing Committees Hillal Ur Rehman Altaf Ahmed Sheikh View Members
21 Parliamentary Affairs Standing Committees Sassui Palijo Alamzeb View Members
22 Maritime Affairs Standing Committees Nuzhat Sadiq Amjad Ali View Members
23 Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Standing Committees Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri Syed Khurram Hussain Naqvi View Members
24 Planning Development and Special Initiatives Standing Committees Agha Shahzaib Durrani Wajdan Khaliq View Members
25 Petroleum Standing Committees Mohsin Aziz Rafiullah View Members
26 Power Standing Committees Fida Muhammad Abid Hussain Faraz View Members
27 Railways Standing Committees Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo Jamil Ahmed Khoso View Members
28 Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Standing Committees Prof. Sajid Mir Faiqa Abdulhaye View Members
29 Science and Technology Standing Committees Mushtaq Ahmed Farzana Khan View Members
30 Privatization Standing Committees Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini Muhammad Usman View Members
31 Water Resources Standing Committees Shammim Afridi Dr. Hassan Gul Eshrat View Members
32 Government Assurances Functional Committees Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo Zahid Bashir View Members
33 Human Rights Functional Committees Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar Mughees Ahmad Shaikh View Members
34 Problems of Less Developed Areas Functional Committees Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Shahana Iftikhar View Members
35 Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Other Committees Ayesha Raza Farooq Muhammad Azam Sulahri View Members
36 Devolution Functional Committees Moula Bux Chandio Farhana Wagha View Members
37 Delegated Legislation Other Committees Kauda Babar Sadia Amir View Members
38 Narcotics Control Standing Committees Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen Zarghoona Shabbir View Members
39 Aviation Standing Committees Muhammad Fayyaz View Members
40 States and Frontier Regions Standing Committees Taj Muhammad Afridi Muhammad Tariq Mahsood View Members
41 Water Scarcity Special Committee Moula Bux Chandio Javed Iqbal View Members
42 Issue of increasing incidents of child abuse Special Committee Nuzhat Sadiq Shehwar Faryal View Members
43 Law Reforms Special Committee Farooq Hamid Naek Muhammad Javed Iqbal View Members
44 China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) Special Committee Sherry Rehman Bushra Rafique Dahar View Members
45 Senate Implemenation Committee Special Committee Dilawar Khan Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan View Members
46 Senate House Committee Domestic Committees Saleem Mandviwalla Mughees Ahmad Shaikh View Members
47 Senate Library Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Shagufta Shaukat View Members
48 Senate Finance Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan View Members
49 House Business Advisory Committee Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan View Members
50 To examine the Annual Report of the Federal Public Service Commission for the Year 2015 Special Committee Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Javed Iqbal View Members
51 Council of Chairpersons Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani View Members
52 Climate Change Caucus Domestic Committees Sherry Rehman Farhana Wagha View Members
53 Poverty Alleviation Social Safety Standing Committees Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Akhunzada Attaullah Khan Malik View Members
54 Senate Secretariat Employees Cooperative Housing Society (SSECHS) Special Committee Naseebullah Bazai Qasim Omer View Members
55 Senate Secretariat Employees Welfare Fund Domestic Committees Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Muhammad Naseer View Members
56 Parliamentary Committee to Protect Minorities from Forced Conversions Parliamentary Committees Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Faheem Ahmed View Members
57 Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC Parliamentary Committees Sher Ali Arbab View Members
58 Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Parliamentary Committees Syed Fakhar Imam View Members
59 Parliamentary Committee on National Security Parliamentary Committees Asad Qaiser View Members
60 Parliamentary Committee on the General Elections 2018 Parliamentary Committees Pervez Khattak View Members
61 Parliamentary Consultation Committee on Legislative Business Parliamentary Committees Pervez Khattak View Members
62 Child Protection Special Committee Rubina Khalid Muhammad Ashfaq View Members
63 Committee of the whole Other Committees Farooq Hamid Naek Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan View Members
64 To investigate the alleged incident before the oath taking of newly elected Senators on 12-03-2021 Other Committees View Members