The Provincial Assembly of the Punjab is a unicameral legislature of elected representatives of the province of Punjab, which is located in Lahore, Pakistan. The Assembly was established under Article 106 of the Constitution of Pakistan as having a total of 371 seats, with 297 general seats, 66 seats reserved for women and eight reserved for non-Muslims.
In order to run the business of the Government, the Governor of the Punjab, in terms of the provisions of the Article 139 (as adapted in 1973), made the “Punjab Government Rules of Business, 1974”. In these rules, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab was given the status of attached department of Law Department at Sr.No.18 (iii).
However, in recognition of its constitutional status in terms of Article 87, read with Article 127 of the Constitution, the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab was acknowledged as an independent Secretariat when through an amendment in the Rules of Business 1974 vide Notification No. CAB-III-2-48/85 dated 23rd October 1986, the entry related to Provincial Assembly of the Punjab was omitted from the Rules of Business 1974. It is now no longer an attached department of Law Department.
A Constitutional Body
The Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Secretariat enjoys a unique and special status. Article 87 of the Constitution, read with Article 127, envisages that the Provincial Assembly shall have a separate Secretariat.
The status of Assembly Secretariat being a constitutional body and its employees as civil servants has been acknowledged by the Superior Courts. In a recent judgment dated 5th August 2010 in CA 1513/96, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan has held:
“Article 87 read with Article 127 of the Constitution expressly enables the Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies, as the case may be, to make laws for regulation of the terms and conditions of service of the employees of the respective establishments. The employees of such bodies are, therefore, civil servants.”
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi ( born 1 November 1945) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, in office since August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018.
He served as the first and only Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013. After a successful campaign in the 2002 general elections, he became the Chief Minister of Punjab Province and tenured until 2007. In 2008, he served as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan for short time. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2008 to May 2018.
Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari
Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari is a Pakistani politician who is the current Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, in office since August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab since August 2018. Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.