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November 30, 2019

Raja Basharat denies Opposition’s allegation of illegal legislation


November 30, 2019

LAHORE:Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has denied the opposition's allegation of unconstitutional legislation and said that we are fully implementing Article 154/6.

Talking to the media outside Punjab Assembly on Friday, he said that the opposition had warned for moving court in this regard. "Now I remind the opposition that if we are acting unconstitutional or illegal, the opposition should go to the court."

Raja Basharat criticised the attitude of the opposition in the assembly and said that opposition leader Hamza Shahbaz comes to the PA on production order and meets with guests, holds gossip, addresses press conferences, looks at his business affairs but does not participate in legislation for the welfare of their people in the House.

He said that the role of the opposition leader in the current session could be checked through the assembly record, the opposition leader only spoke for 10 minutes and when the legislative process started, he went away.

Raja Basharat added that new traditions were being introduced by the opposition in parliamentary history that the question hour and quorum was being made identity by private members, that not only affecting the legislative process but also the sanctity of the House.

Meanwhile, reacting to the video made viral regarding Kashana Lahore, the Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare, Raja Basharat, has said that the issue of Kashana Lahore, though raised before he took the charge, has been resolved in a smooth manner.

In a statement issued Friday, he said Kashana's change-in-charge was refusing to relinquish her charge, but now she has relinquished the charge and will soon be deployed elsewhere. Raja Basharat said that in the video that went viral, there was no truth in the negative comments about the social welfare institutions, including Kashana.

The women and children residing in these institutions are being provided full protection and a clean environment, and the potential social welfare department is providing free accommodation, food, education and training to helpless women and children. Moreover, in another statement, Raja Basharat said that the recent judicial decision regarding extension of service of Army Chief has strengthened national institutions and democracy.

He said this historic decision has established the supremacy of parliament and the ambitions of the enemies who wanted to clash in the higher national institutions have been found in the dust.

Raja Basharat said that General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the best choice in view of the current internal and external challenges. He congratulated Prime Minister Imran Khan and the government on historic decision by Supreme Court in the backdrop of an important legal challenge.

uplift schemes: The Punjab government on Friday approved five development schemes of different sectors at an estimated cost of Rs 9.264 billion.

The schemes were approved in the 27th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of the current fiscal year, 2019-20, presided over by P&D Board Chairman Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani.

The approved development schemes are: Provision of Essential Electro-Medical Equipment in Various Departments and Upgrade of OTs of Services Hospital, Lahore, at a cost of Rs480.253 million; Establishment of Mother and Child Block in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, at a cost of Rs 4031.225 (Capital Component) million; Remodeling of Hill Torrent Crossing RD: 185+500, RD: 242+300 & RD: 316+430 of DG Khan Canal at a cost of Rs 1,100.913 million; Upgradation and Environmental Improvement of Chungi No. 9 Disposal Station, Multan, (Revised) at a cost of Rs3,157.130 million and Procurement of Automated Finger Print Identification System (AFIS) for Punjab Forensic Science Agency at a cost of Rs 495.000 million.

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