ISLAMABAD - Keeping the powerful supervisory role of the eight-member Parliamentary Committee over Judicial Commission intact, Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) on Sunday gave formal approval to the draft 19th Constitutional Amendment bill to alter the judges appointment mechanism in the light of the interim order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. All the 24 members of the PCCR along with its Chairman Senator Mian Raza Rabbani have signed on the draft bill, which is likely to be presented before both Houses of the Parliament in the upcoming sessions. Talking to media persons after the meeting, Chairman of the committee Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that he would submit the draft of 19th Amendment to the National Assembly Secretariat today (Monday). The meeting of PCCR was held in the Constitution Room at Parliament House with Senator Mian Raza Rabbani in chair and the draft of 19th Amendment Bill would be tabled before the meeting. As the draft was already discussed in the meeting and after legal vetting it was again presented before the committee for final approval, which was duly given by the members after signing on the draft. The decision to keep the strong role of eight-member Parliamentary Committee intact which was to oversee the working of the Judicial Commission and give final approval to the recommendations of the commission after a heated debate among the members and finally reached a consensus that the supremacy of the Parliament should be kept aloft and any move to curtail the role of the committee would be tantamount to compromising the supremacy of the Parliament. Sources in the committee informed The Nation that except curtailing the role of the committee the rest of the recommendations sent to Parliament along with the interim order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan were incorporated in the proposed altered mechanism for appointment of judges in the superior courts. Sources further informed that the recommendation to include the role of Prime Minister in the judges appointment mechanism was accepted and either giving approval or rejecting any recommendation of the Judicial Commission the Parliamentary Committee would dispatch the decision to Prime Minister who would approve names for notification to the President while send back the rejected name to Judicial Commission to make fresh recommendation. Similarly, the demand to increase the strength of serving judges of apex court in the Judicial Commission was enhanced from three to five, including the Chief Justice of Pakistan who would also be the head of the Judicial Commission. Earlier under the 18th Amendment, the strength of the Judicial Commission was fixed at seven which included three serving judges including Chief Justice of Pakistan, Federal Law Minister, Attorney General of Pakistan, a member from Pakistan Bar Council and a retired Chief Justice of Pakistan or any retired judge of the apex court to be nominated by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The recommendation regarding reducing the powers of the eight members Parliamentary Committee was however, not accepted by the PCCR and it was just added that for rejection of any candidate recommended for the slot of judge the committee besides requiring three-fourth of strength would also have to list solid reasons for it. However, the Judicial Commission would not resend the same name for approval and the rejection of any candidate by the Parliamentary Committee would be final. It was also made binding on the Parliamentary Committee to take decision on the names forwarded by the Judicial Commission within 14 days time.