MABAD Members of National Assembly on Tuesday sought action against dual-nationality holder parliamentarians and also requested the chair to give its ruling in this regard.
Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on a point of order said that under the Constitution a parliamentarian could not possess dual nationality as member of National Assembly or Senate. While seeking the ruling of the chair, Qureshi said Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly should have to refer the matter to Election Commission of Pakistan.
PML-N leader Rana Tanvir also said that many dual-nationality parliamentarians are members of both the Houses from last three years which is sheer violation of the Constitution. PML-Q parliamentarians Amir Muqam and Raza Hiraj also endorsed the point of order of Shah Mehmood Qureshi and sought ruling of the chair.
Raza Hayat Hiraj was of the view that dual-nationality holders stand disqualified from election.
On it, chief whip Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah said the sense of the House could not be taken on this matter. We dont have dual nationality holders, he added. In his support, Minister for Water and Power Naveed Qamar said this was discretion of the Supreme Court, we can discuss, not interpret it.
Naveed Qamar said the Constitution defines the powers of each and every institution and Supreme Court of Pakistan is a right body to interpret the Constitution of Pakistan and not the National Assembly.
The House, which was prorogued Tuesday, disposed of important businesses including presentation of reports of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and deferment of a bill - the prevention of anti-women practices (criminal law amendment) bill 2010.
The House, which remained in session for more than two weeks, saw interesting discussion on the bill as well as glorious work of the PAC. The bill - the prevention of anti-women practices (criminal law amendment) bill 2010 - moved by MNA Donya Aziz, which had already been deferred in the last private member day after thoroughly discussing its four clauses, was once again deferred while taking its clause 5.
Some points in different clauses of the very bill were opposed by two members of PML-N Muhammad Bashir Virk, Naseer Bhutta and PPP legislator Justice (retd) Fakhur-ul-Nisa.
The PPP legislator Nadeem Afzal Gondal, chairing the sitting of the house, was seen time and again maintaining the house in order. In the legislation of the bill, the house witnessed a bit non-serious attitude of the MPs, as most of the time from opposition as well as treasury benches the members were found confused to support or reject the clauses.
Discussing the clause-3 for amendment, MNA Donya Aziz proposed that 'prohibition from depriving women of inheriting property, whoever by deceitful or illegal means deprives any women of inheriting any moveable or immoveable property at the time of opening of succession shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment of either description of a term which shall not be less then years or with fine that may extend to one million. In the proposed section 498-B, after the word may occurring in the third line, the words 'extend to seven years or for a term, which shall be inserted.
In the section 498C, which related to 'oath by a women on holy Quran to remain un-married for the rest her life or, not to claim her share of inheritance shall be deemed marriage with the holy Quran, she proposed.
Raising an objection, MNA Muhammad Bashir Virk was of the view that courts could not be bound for minimum punishment, as it should be discretion of the court. Having almost the same nature of objection, Naseer Bhutta from PML-N said that court shall not be limited for granting minimum or maximum punishment.
While, SA Iqbal Qadri from MQM supported the mover of the bill by saying that minimum punishment should be mentioned in it.
Strongly opposing contents of bill, PPP legislator Justice (retd) Fakhur-ul- Nisa said this bill was also conflicting with the law, as hitches are in the bill. According to the law fine is not written in digits, she said, proposing that that fine should also be given to the victim. She further said that wrong law was being passed as sovereign power could not be touched. While all these amendments were rejected after having the sense of the house.
Meanwhile, another member from PML-N Ayaz Amir raised the point that the copies of the amendments were not distributed among the members. Supporting his viewpoint, PPP legislator Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there was confusion as without having copies it could not be understood. It has earlier been pointed out by Zafar Ali Shah and he had observed walkout on it, he added. On it, Nadeem Afzal Gondal, who was in the chair, deferred the bill.
Earlier, Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar has presented a motion in National Assembly to constitute a committee for implementation the resolutions of the All Parties Conference (APC). A committee may be formed under the headship of Speaker for the implementation of all the resolutions tabled in National Assembly, he said adding that the speaker might seek the names of MNAs from all political parties for the inclusion of the committee so that the execution of resolutions adopted by APC as well as other resolutions passed by the house.
On the motion moved by Federal Minister, member Panel of Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan, who was performing the duties of Speaker at that time, instructed the parliamentary leaders of entire political parties to send the names of members to Speakers Chamber for the committee.
While presenting the reports of the Public Accounts Committee on the accounts of the federal government for the year 1990-91, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2008-09 and annual report, 2010, leader of the opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said for the first time in parliamentary history PAC reports was presented in the house. PAC has recovered Rs 115billion with the joint cooperation of member of all Pac from different political forces, he said adding that it could not be possible with the joint efforts as NA secretariat staff, PAC staff this could be possible.
Appreciating former Auditor General, he said audit department need to be made more strengthen. The preparation of 10 years reports in just two and a half year was the result of joint efforts of all political parties having representation in the house.
MQM Leader Haidwer abbas Rizvi, PML-Q Riaz Pirzada, JUI-F Asia Nasir and PPP legislator Nadeem Chan appreciated the performance of the Public Accounts Committee.
PPP legislators also said that opposition member was given charge of the chairman PAC by the PPP-led government.
While presenting reports Ch Nisar said that it was landmark achievement of incumbent PAC as in previous regimes no PAC could perform such wonderful work. In the past, such reports were neither presented nor debated in the house ... we have proved that if the politicians get united they can do wonder works, he said, adding that tHe said the PAC had recovered Rs 115 billion in last three years. No previous PAC could recover more than Rs 2 to 3 billion, he added.
Haider Abbas Rizvi of MQM paid tributes to the government for making opposition leader the chairman of PAC and Ch Nisar for his good work.
Riaz Pirzada proposed that that existing PAC be converted into Public Accounts and Accountability Committee (PAAC) if we want to uproot corruption from Pakistan.
PPP legislator, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah said that the credit went to the PPP government, which gave PAC chairman position to the opposition leader.
He said that in the previous regimes opposition members were even not made members of the PAC. He said that now more than 60 percent members from the opposition and allied parties are members of standing committees. He said without governments support, any opposition member could not recover even a single penny. Governments machinery fully supported the PAC, he said.
Earlier, PPP MNA Naveed Qamar also introduced two bill including 'Petroleum levy amendment bill and Gas infrastructure development cess bill.
Parliamentary Secretary for Communication Chaudhry Saeed Iqbal said that efforts are underway to centralize driving license system in the country to remove all flaws in this regard.
While responding to a Calling Attention Notice, he said that license mechanism is not proper and bogus licenses are being issued in the country.