Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice in its meeting has given a go ahead to the Ministry of Law and Justice regarding the ‘Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Act, 2018’ to introduce the bill before the House. The proposed bill has come before the Committee after Chairman Senate referred the matter to the Committee to propose legislation for providing simple mechanism in order to address the difficulties faced by common citizens in obtaining succession certificates and declaring family trees. The ministry will now take the bill to the cabinet after which it will be brought to the Senate for consideration.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Javed Abbasi here at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Dr. Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Quratulain Marri, Naseebullah Bazai, Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Sana Jamali, Secretary Law and Justice and senior officers from the ministry and concerned departments. The Committee was told by the ministry and NADRA officials that the authority is in position to handling issuance of certificates in Islamabad. The Committee hoped that once the legislation is passed for Islamabad, provinces will be encouraged to adopt the same because ultimately it is the people who will benefit from it.
The Committee also discussed Constitution Amendment Bills moved by Senators Quratulain Marri, Naseebullah Bazai, Syed Sabir Shah regarding amendments in Articles 11, 260 and fourth schedule respectively. The bill by Senator Quratulain Marri sought to increase the minimum age of employment in hazardous work to 16 from 14. The bill by Senator Naseebullah Bazai sought to remove the bar of two years gap for Governors and President to run for elections and the bill by Sabir Shah sought a standard paper and quality for printing of the Holy Quran across Pakistan. The Committee decided to conduct public hearings in consultation with provincial assemblies on the matters.