Government ready to sit with Opposition for dialogue but only on public interest issues; Senate informed
Islamabad, January 04, 2021 (PPI-OT): The Senate resumed its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad today (Monday) with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair. Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has said that all the police personnel involved in the martyrdom of Usama Satti have been arrested. He said that a judicial inquiry has also been initiated.
Condemning the brutal incident in the Senate, he said that he has visited the bereaved family in Islamabad today and assured them the provision of speedy justice. The advisor also condemned the killings of innocent workers in Mach, Balochistan. He said the Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has been assigned to investigate the matter.
Leader of the House Shahzad Wasim said that the Prime Minister discussed the matter with Chief Minister Balochistan and assured him that strict action will be taken against the culprits. He said the government with the help of the State Institution and people will defeat all terrorist elements.
Senator Faisal Javed has said the opposition always blackmailed Prime Minister Imran Khan on every issue including Kashmir dispute, Coronavirus pandemic and the FATF legislation. Responding to various motions moved by Opposition, he said oppositions’ entire blackmailing tactics are aimed at saving their looted money. He said PDM’s rallies are not meant for the public but for the opposition’s benefit alone.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready for dialogue only on public interest issues. He categorically stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan will not give NRO to the opposition leaders facing corruption cases at any cost. He said all the NAB cases against opposition leaders are old and PTI government did not register any case.
Deputy Speaker Saleem Mandviwala has called for amending NAB laws to facilitate the business community. He said that NAB officers should stop political victimization. He said that it is responsibility of the Upper House to improve the NAB laws. He said that he has received over hundred applications in which people have registered their complaints again NAB.
Adviser on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar said the government can think of amending NAB laws in the best interest of the public instead of safeguarding any individual’s corruption. He was winding up the discussion on a motion moved by Leader of the Opposition Raja Zafar-ul-Haq and others regarding the egregious human rights and media trials committed by NAB in its victimization of targeted opposition workers in the Upper House of the Parliament today.
The Adviser said that government is ready to sit with the Opposition for dialogue but only on public interest issues. He said Pakistan’s accountability regime is in line with international democracies. He said that in India CBA deals such kind of cases in which they arrest people without warrants.
Shahzad Akbar said Pakistan is bound to have an accountability bureau under the United Nations’ Convention on corruption. Latest rulings of FATF also suggest to make anti-corruption laws more stringent. NAB laws related to the arrest of accused have gone through judicial scrutiny.
He said according to a report of NAB, the bureau recovered 389 billion rupees in last two years. He said most of the cases against opposition’s leaders were registered in their governments vindicating PTI’s stance of no interference in NAB cases. He said it also rejects opposition’s accusation of political victimization in NAB cases.
The Advisor said to improve the NAB laws and to halt the abuse of power, we introduced an ordinance but it lapsed in the house due to opposition’s non-cooperative attitude. Those who also spoke on the occasion include, Waleed Iqbal, Behramand Tangi, Tahir Bizenjo, Rubina Khalid, Rehman Malik, and Sassui Palijo. The House will meet again tomorrow at 3 p.m.
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