ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and the joint opposition have refused to take the budget from their respective positions on parliamentary affairs, leading to a stalemate.
“It is a false claim that I have been biased and partial against any member or parliamentary group or that I am being controlled by anyone to do so,” the speaker said in a letter to the opposition. He was responding to a call from the opposition, which exempted him from running the National Assembly. “I always go through the book.”
Asad Qaiser said that when he had been ordering the preparation of the detained opposition members, the opposition had called them black and white and that even after this bitter experience of the speaker, he had requested for such orders. Was stopped because in many cases their duty was not fulfilled. Mandatory by law
Former Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, one of the signatories of the opposition letter, told The News: “We told him he had to abide by parliamentary principles, traditions, rules and law to uphold the values and dignity of the legislature. can go.”
The PML-N leader said that the main purpose of the letter was to convince the Speaker that the proceedings of the House could not be conducted as they wanted as the history of Parliament was against it.
Ayaz Sadiq said that it was useless to have further talks with the Speaker when he did not agree to accept the meaningful suggestions and recommendations of the opposition. There have been no talks between Assad Qaiser and the opposition for a long time and there is no possibility of any kind of consultation in the near future because of the position of both sides.
“Given the speaker’s policy and point of view, I do not think any opposition member of the parliamentary committee on coronavirus disease headed by Asad Qaiser will attend its meeting on November 25,” Sadiq said.
The time of the meeting, which will now be in these cameras, has been extended by two hours on the same day in which issues related to the National Assembly session can be discussed due to Code 19. He will be briefed by senior officials on the situation in Cove-19.
The 26-member committee includes several former members as well as a large number of senior opposition leaders such as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr. Faisal Sultan, Advisor on Finance Dr. Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Planning Affairs. Bandi Asad Omar and two special invitees.
Ayaz Sadiq said that merely writing letters to the leaders of the opposition, without any prior consultation, inviting them to a meeting of the parliamentary committee is not a good move when there is no harmony and harmony between the two sides.
Responding to a question, the former speaker said that no one from the opposition had approached him to discuss electoral reforms seeking to introduce electoral reforms to the government. “Only a public statement has been issued by the Prime Minister in this regard.”
He said the opposition was aware of the motive behind some of the provisions in the reforms under which no question could be asked about some members of the treasury who were facing trial in various forums.
During the joint sitting of Parliament, Speaker-Opposition relations, which have hardly remained normal since a difficult time, when the Leader of the Opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, and other members of the opposition were not allowed to speak while the government I did the work. Legislation including approval of bills related to Financial Action Task Force, Pakistan Medical Commission and Islamabad High Court.
Meanwhile, while the Senate has canceled meetings of all parliamentary bodies in view of the significant rise in corona virus cases, the new epidemic has also hit the National Assembly committee system. However, the schedule of discussions of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sub-panels is uncertain. At least 11 sub-committees are meeting in the next two weeks.
As far as meetings of other parliamentary bodies are concerned, only three committees in the Cabinet Secretariat, government assurances and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are meeting next week. Since then, no official meeting has been scheduled.