ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly on Monday demanded the trial of three retired army generals, involved in the National Logistics Cell (NLC) scam, in a civil court.Speaking on a point of order, Khawaja Saad Rafiq (PML-N) said if the Supreme Court could punish an elected prime minister, why couldn’t the civil court try retired army generals for alleged corruption.
Saad Rafiq said the army leadership should not make this a matter of ego and it should be left to the courts to try the retired generals instead of re-inducting them into the army so that they could be tried by a military court. “Their accountability should be carried out by the civil organisations and courts,” he said.
Zafar Baig Bittani, a member from Fata, also supported Saad Rafiq and said there should be transparent and across-the-board accountability of all.
Meanwhile, speaking on a call attention notice and points of order, members from the opposition and treasury benches raised serious questions over the performance of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and rampant corruption in the civic body.
Responding to a point of order from Bushra Rehman and other parliamentarians, the minister for water and power said an inquiry would be conducted into the disconnection of power supply to the servant quarters of the Parliamentary Lodges.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has expressed serious concern over the arrival of a United Nations team on missing persons in Pakistan.
The issue of the team’s 10-day visit was raised by a PML member Raza Hayat Hiraj who said that the House had a right to ask who had invited the UN team and who issued them visas to come here. On his proposal, it was agreed that an adjournment motion would be moved in the National Assembly to discuss the issue in detail.
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Wattoo also agreed with Raza Hiraj that the arrival of the UN team in Pakistan was a serious matter and should be discussed in the National Assembly.
The PML parliamentarian pointed out that when the chief justice had taken up the issue and a parliamentary committee on missing persons existed, why then was a UN team allowed to come to Pakistan.