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Govt decides to summon NA session tomorrow

July 07, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to summon the National Assembly session tomorrow (Wednesday). In this regard, presidential orders for summoning under article 54(1) of the constitution would be issued today (Tuesday).

With this, the agenda for the sitting of the National Assembly would also be issued the same day. Parliamentary sources told The News here Monday that the National Assembly that witnessed rumpus scenes in budget session concluded last week, would be stormier this time since the united opposition has worked up with the government on various counts.

The controversy erupted due to JTI reports issued by Sindh government would bring the heat in the lower house of Parliament as the second largest opposition party, the PPP is furiously agitated about the version given by some treasury members including a federal minister in the National Assembly where they tried to implicate leaders of the PPP especially former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur who is sitting member of Sindh Assembly in that.

The PPP has strongly contested the federal government’s position and threw challenge to it to prove credential of allegations leveled by it in the Parliament.

The sources said that the PPP members have decided to bring a privilege motion against the federal minister who waved papers and by swearing claimed that Asif Zardari and his sister names have been highlighted in the report for the crimes committed in past. Asif Zardari is also sitting member of the National Assembly from Nawabshah, but he couldn’t attend the session due to his ailment and being bedridden.

The reports issued on Monday by the provincial government didn’t have the reference of Asif Zardari and Ms. Faryal. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar who has also been facing the wrath of the opposition for his partisan conduct on the last day of the budget session of the National Assembly as he declined opportunity to the opposition stalwarts to respond the allegations levelled by the government members.

They have planned to bring motion of no-confidence against the speaker under the constitution’s chapter III clause 12 and it says that “12.Removal of the Speaker or Deputy Speaker.-(1) A member may give to the Secretary notice in writing of a resolution, specifying the charges against the Speaker therein along with a motion for leave to move it under paragraph (c) of clause (7) of Article 53 for the removal from office of the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker and the Secretary shall forthwith circulate the notice to the members: Provided that resolution shall not contain arguments, inferences, ironical expressions, epithets or defamatory statements, and in case the resolution contains such matter, the same shall be deleted therefrom.(2)The motion for leave to move the resolution shall be entered in the name of the member concerned in the Orders of the Day for the first working day after the expiry of seven days from the date of the receipt of the notice under sub-rule (1).(3)No other item shall be included in the Orders of the Day for the day fixed for a motion for leave to move a resolution under sub-rule (2).(4)The Speaker or the Deputy Speaker shall not preside at a sitting of the Assembly when a resolution for his removal from office, as the case may be, is being considered.(5)Immediately after the motion referred to in sub-rule (2) has been moved, the Chairperson shall call such of the members as may be in favour of the leave being granted to rise in their seats and, if at least one-fourth of the total membership of the Assembly does not so rise, he shall declare that the member has not the leave of the Assembly, or, if such membership so rises, call upon the member to move the resolution.(6)The discussion on the resolution shall be strictly confined to the grounds stated therein:” The sources pointed out that the speaker has failed in fulfilling his constitutional obligations since he didn’t act impartially and acted in partisan manner. He didn’t issue production orders for the members belonging to opposition who were implicated in the false cases and kept behind the bar.

The speaker despite having the authority didn’t issue production orders including a former leader of the opposition and tall leader of the PPP Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah who is in confinement since last year. Likewise, he hesitated in the issuing the production order of the incumbent leader of opposition Shehbaz Sharif and other opposition’s major party; Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leaders who were arrested time to time in last two years, the sources contented. The sources indicated that the opposition leaders have their heads put together to give tough time to the government in the upcoming session.

Sources said that the government has planned to reach the opposition for the legislation, but the opposition leaders are angry with the government and it has mustered support of the independent members of the house in their struggle against the government.