ISLAMABAD: Senate Speaker and Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar said on Friday that Parliament must be defended against abuse of the judiciary and other institutions.
Endorsing the position expounded by former Senate President and PPP staunch advocate Mian Raza Rabbani, Tarar said: “Certainly, we must defend the independence and sovereignty of Parliament against the influence of other institutions, including the judiciary.”
Earlier, disturbed by what he called the continuation of interference in the field of Parliament, Rabbani expressed his regret that not only did the heads of the parliamentary committees issue the notifications, but the directives issued by the committees were suspended. He noted that the Islamabad High Court had recently issued a notice to the Speaker of the National Assembly.
He stressed that “this is a very serious issue where the triad of power stipulated in the constitution is being violated.” The PPP MP said Parliament is a sovereign institution and not a public limited company and its proceedings can be suspended. He explained that the deliberations of the parliamentary committees are an integral part of Parliament’s procedures and are covered by Article 69 of the Constitution.
Rabbani explained that in this context, he suggested a meeting of all the former Senate presidents and National Assembly presidents to come up with a reasonable way forward. He suggested that the Minister of Law include this issue in the agenda of the joint session of the House of Representatives, so that the opinion of the entire House of Representatives could be obtained.
Earlier, in response to a notice that attracted the attention of PTI Senator Mohsen Aziz, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr. Recovery, as the current government has succeeded in reducing the ever-increasing imports.
The minister emphasized that the fiscally unwise policies of the PTI government have wrecked the economy, with the current account deficit being all-time high during the last fiscal year. She also questioned the rationale behind subsidizing electricity and gasoline.
“The government led by the PML-N has significantly reduced the import bill by taking prudent measures while in April, when the current government took power, the state had no money to purchase fuel for electricity generation while the government wanted to reduce the offloading of power loads. This also increased the The import bill, which put pressure on the dollar.”
As a result, Dr. Aisha said, the value of the rupee depreciated by 23 per cent against the US dollar, while the rupee depreciated by 24 per cent during the period of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
Sharing the details of the 24 percent devaluation of the rupee, she said that the rupee depreciated by 12 percent due to the increase in interest rates by the US government, and this affected the currencies of other countries as well.
Speaking in his notice, Senator Mohsen Aziz questioned the government for curtailing exports, devaluation of the rupee and policies, which led to the closure of about 40 textile factories. He denounced the lifting of the ban on the import of cat and dog food and cosmetics and the delay in appointing the governor of the State Bank. He said inflation had reached an alarming level of 35 percent.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution urging the international community to review its handling of India, which ignores international humanitarian laws and resolutions on the Kashmir dispute.
The resolution, pushed by House Speaker Azam Nazir Tarar, asked the government to reactivate diplomatic efforts to highlight the dispute over Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The resolution strongly rejected the illegal and unilateral actions taken by India on August 5, 2019, saying that these actions are in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions and are aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJ&K, and to suppress the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination of Kashmiris also. As a violation of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
The resolution condemned Indian atrocities, including extrajudicial killing and demolition of homes and private property as a form of collective punishment in the occupied valley, and deplored the change in the status and identity of the Urdu language associated with Kashmiri Muslims. And demanded a solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
On a point of general importance, Dr. Sania Nashtar of PTI urged the government to recall relevant programmes, processes and mechanisms to help provide timely relief in a transparent manner under the Ihsan Program for Flood Affected People in Balochistan. It also suggested forming an oversight committee in this issue.