ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly on last day of 5th session witnessed a verbal duel between treasury and opposition benches when a PML-N lawmaker, winding up debate on former President Asif Ali Zardari's address to the parliament, lambasted the PPP government's performance.
The House, before the prorogation, also adopted a resolution presented by PML-N Minister Anusha Rehman condemning the sexual assault with women and minor girls, demanding provincial governments take a strict action against the elements involved in such crimes.
Members recommended to the federal and provincial governments to arrest the suspects in the recent rape cases which took place at Lahore and Tharparkar. The resolution also asked for lagislation of the law so that exemplary punishment could be awarded to rapists of the women and minors in the country.
Right at the fag end of the proceedings, the house witnessed severe rumpus when a PML-N lawmaker hurriedly winding up the house debate, in a short time, painted out a poor performance of government. "PPP-P's government could not even succeed to nab the assassinators of Benazir Bhutto and Murtaza Bhutto," said Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, amid hue and cry from PPP's legislators.
Giving reference of Article-41 of the constitution, he said that some of the former presidents including Ayub Khan, Yahyah Khan, Zia-ul Haq, Pervez Musharraf used the president office for political activities. "The same practice was exercised by Zardari," he claimed. The PML-N lawmaker further quoted an example that Zardari on Osama Bin Laden's episode in Abbottabad had given an interview to a foreign newspaper saying that it was a big achievement. He said that the prices of petrol, gas, and items of daily use were much high during the former President's era.
Taking the floor, PPP's lawmaker Nafeesa Shah termed it a 'so-called' winding up speech by a member of treasury benches. "It is rather tantamount to opening floodgate of criticism," she said that it was injustice to compare Asif Ali Zardari with Zia-ul Haq and Pervez Mushraf. She further said this speech was not reflecting the sense of the House. Sharing the latest situation of Balochistan's earthquake areas, Minister for States and Frontier Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the House that they had given message to the insurgents not to hamper the rescue operation in affected areas. He said that the government has not launched any appeal to the international community.
Baloch said that the affected people have requested rescue and relief work under the supervision of Army. The Punjab government is financially helping the victims.
Sharing figures, he said that 100,000 people have been affected and the relief operations are reaching out to the people of inaccessible areas. He said that thirty doctors including female gynecologists have arrived in the affected areas to provide treatment facilities to the victims and Operation Room has also been formed. A PPP-P senior legislator Makhdoom Amin Fahim, on a point of order, expressed solidarity with the victims of Balochistan earthquake. He also lauded Pakistan Army's effort for rescue and relief work.
A senior legislator from Rawalpindi, Sheikh Rahid pointed out alleged misappropriation of Rs 11 crore in the purchase of medicine from the parliament's dispensary.
Taking notice, Speaker Iyaz Sadiq announced for audit of four years and three months time. Four-year audit from 2002-2007 and 2008 to 2013, he said adding that three months audit of incumbent government's audit especially on this purpose (parliament dispensary).
Earlier, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad, during the question-hour, said that the killing of Indian security personnel would not affect the proposed meeting between Mian Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh in New York. The minister said that some elements were linking this incident with the LoC's violations in a bid to derail the dialogue process, but they will not succeed in their design. He also expressed the hope that a positive outcome will emerge out of the meeting.
To another question, he said that India committed violations of Line of Control (LoC) 24 times during 2012 and 59 times in 2013 and 10 soldiers and 8 civilians were martyred in these violations.
The House also adopted a motion to promote friendly relations between parliamentarians of Pakistan and elected representatives of the fraternity of democratic government. "This house resolves to establish Parliamentary Friendship Groups with 88 countries including India, Saudia Arbia, Italy, Netherland, Oman, China, U.K and others.
A bill "The National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee Ordinance, 2013" was also introduced, which says after establishment of IHC, it is imperative that section 3 of the ordinance be amended to include Chief Justice of the IHC as member of the National Judicial (Policy Making Committee).