The bill was returned in terms of Clause (1) (b) of Article 75 of the Constitution to the Prime Minister for reconsideration and detailed deliberation by the parliament and its committee (s).

The president said that overseas Pakistanis, who contributed their hard-earned wealth to the development and prosperity of their beloved country, had been deprived of the voting rights despite the fact that various commitments had been made to them by different prime ministers and presidents during their overseas trips since 1990’s.

The president observed that the Article 46 of Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been violated as the President was not informed about this legislative proposal before bringing this Bill to the Parliament, President’s Secretariat Press Wing said in a press release on Saturday.

“Article 46 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan provides that “the Prime Minister shall keep the President informed……. on all legislative proposals the Federal Government intends to bring before Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).”

The amendments had been passed by the National Assembly on 26th May, 2022 and by the Senate on 27th May, 2022.

The president said the legislation having far reaching impact on the society should have been discussed in details in consultation with the legal fraternity and civil society.