LAHORE - Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has written yet another letter to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressing concern over the recent ugly showdown in the Punjab Assembly, while attributing the whole episode to the latter and asking him to tame the treasury hawks.
“Certainly, I am not alone in thinking that this sorry state of affairs in a House having a rich history of dignified mannerism and meaningful activity is attributable, interalia, to near absence of the Leader of the House from the scene during its important sessions and routine sittings alike”, Khosa has observed in his letter, asserting that he (CM) should take measures for taming and schooling of treasury hawks.
The governor further wrote that the recent happenings in the Punjab Assembly have brought shame to its once prestigious name, and the level of morality exhibited in the House has nosedived to the nadir. These happenings, he added, were are a reflection of the Punjab Government’s aggressive, anti-democratic, and anti-people policies”, says the letter.
Khosa has asked the chief minister to start taking personal interest in the matters relating to the Punjab Assembly with a view to improving the quality of its proceedings and reviving its past glory before it is too late.
“The first thing to do in this regard is a taming and schooling of the Treasury hawks, some of whom appear to be more loyal to the king than the king himself. They undoubtedly need to be taught how to respond to criticism, negative or positive, from the Opposition benches”, the governor has advised the chief executive of the province, while also reminding him of the significance of the moral values of peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, constructive criticism, healthy competition, and meaningful professional interaction to be inculcated among the Assembly members.
“Of course, none of these coveted objectives can be realized until and unless the Leader of the House leads by example”.
Khosa has told Shahbaz Sharif that the pandemonium was triggered by the use of unparliamentary, derogatory, and filthy language coupled with obscene gesticulation by some irresponsible members led by a band of turncoats now sitting on the Treasury benches despite having won elections on the tickets of a party sitting on the Opposition benches.
“It is a pity to note that complete lack of decency, exchange of invectives, shoe-hurling, and free-for-all wrestling have become the shameful hallmarks of the present Punjab Assembly, and these factors have rendered its proceedings nothing more than waste of time and precious money of the tax-payers of the province”, says a quote from governor’s letter which also makes mention of the partisan attitude of the Speaker, whom the governor accused of bulldozing of the Opposition’s agenda.
Khosa noted that there was every reason to believe that the said members create rumpus at the behest of their masters with the honourable lady members from the Opposition parties being the specific target of their ribaldry.
The governor has told the chief minister that the aggressiveness as shown in the Assembly would further encourage and ignite radicalism in the province which is already afflicted with this menace.
“Adherence to the parliamentary norms of decency and decorum is essential for cooling down the tempers and fostering homogeneity, amity, and a better sense of civility, without which anarchist elements would lynch the societal peace”, reads the letter.
The governor has also expressed his reservations over the way the Treasury passed the budget for the year 2012-13, accusing it of intentionally embarrassing the Opposition into walking out, and stealing the opportunity to rush through demands for grants without any debate thereon.
Khosa has noted with concern that the fiscal allocations in the present budget do not cater for the much-hyped power sector, and the funds reserved for the purpose were in no way commensurate with the requirements of the province; and how could that happen when the Finance Ministries were successively changed obviously with no input of any political oversight, leaving the entire exercise to the mercy of the bureaucracy.