ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will visit the Parliament House to express his viewpoint before the Senate Committee on the need for speedy and inexpensive justice to people.
Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani announced this prior to suspension of the House proceedings for Maghrib prayers. The panel will meet at 3:30pm on Tuesday. Earlier, the Senate chairman was invited by the apex court to address a seminar.
This time, the chief justice was extended an invitation to speak to the House committee, which is debating the matter for the last several months and has already listened to the views and proposals of experts, including jurists and former top police officials.
Earlier, PML-N Senator Javed Abbasi proposed that the members of parliament should take the initiative of population control by applying it on themselves so that the practice be then adopted by the general public to check rapid population growth.
He pointed out regional countries, including Iran and India, had adopted successful mechanism to check population growth besides China’s one-child policy, which it upheld for decades from 1978 to 2014.
Abbasi, who is also a legal expert, contended that if necessary, parliament should also enact legislation to ensure control on population.JUI-Fazl’s Maulana Attaur Rehman did not agree with Abbasi and insisted that there should be more focus on equitable distribution of resources. “If anyone is unhappy over population increase, he can reduce it by hanging himself,” he said.
He called for allocation of more resources for provision of better education and health facilities to the public instead of coining new and attractive words and terms on population control.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Senator Shibli Faraz questioned the senator’s proposal that the opponent of population increase should commit suicide, by saying suicide was forbidden in Islam then how could one advise it to the people.
PML-N Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan also did not agree with making it compulsory on people to have one or two kids. He advocated ensuring equal distribution of resources and doing away with social and economic unevenness in the society.
He also wanted efforts to discourage discriminatory trends in the society and said those having massive wealth should stop seeing themselves as super human beings. The senator contended that population control was highlighted to divert attention from other major issues.
Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said that under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the role of the federal government was reduced to being a facilitator and coordinator with regards to population control in provinces. She insisted that instead of adoption of any Western agenda, Pakistan should have its own programme and agenda to deal with this very serious issue, eating up precious resources.