Opposiiton flays NA speaker for not being allowed to talk

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif deal with the media after the joint session of the parliament. Photo: Geo News screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, on Wednesday slammed Speaker Asad Qaiser for not permitting him and different opposition leaders to talk throughout the joint session of the parliament. 

A joint sitting of parliament, earlier in the present day, handed amendments in three payments essential to the fulfilment of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) necessities.

The opposition staged a walkout in protest after most of their proposed amendments to the payments had been rejected they usually weren’t allowed to talk.

“Asad Qaiser did not allow a debate to take place on our proposed amendments [to the bills],” mentioned Shehbaz, flanked by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and different opposition parliamentarians.

Shehbaz mentioned that “genuine amendments” to the payments weren’t entertained, including that he would register a powerful protest in opposition to the speaker of the nationwide meeting for not letting him converse.

“I even went to where the speaker sits with his staff and requested him to let me speak. Neither did he respond to me nor did he allow me to speak, which I think is a very unparliamentary attitude,” he mentioned.

The former Punjab chief minister mentioned it was a “Black Day” within the historical past of the parliament owing to the way in which the opposition was handled, including that the opposition will determine mutually on what motion to take in opposition to the speaker.

Dispelling the impression that the opposition events wished a National Reconciliation Order (NRO), Shehbaz mentioned that leaders akin to Rana Sanaullah, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PPP’s Khursheed Shah had been already being focused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and had been combating the instances bravely.

Not speaker’s proper to cease chief of the opposition from talking, says Bilawal

Addressing the press convention after Shehbaz, Bilawal criticised the speaker as effectively for not permitting the chief of the opposition within the nationwide meeting to talk.

“It is not the speaker’s right to stop the leader of the opposition from speaking in parliament,” he mentioned. “The leader of the opposition or the leader of the house can speak whenever they want to.”

Bilawal mentioned that senior opposition leaders, who had additionally been lawmakers within the parliaments throughout the Musharraf and Zia ul Haq eras, mentioned they’d by no means seen such non-democratic practices happen earlier than.

“After the Islamabad High Court’s decision, legislation cannot be presented by an advisor,” he mentioned, regretting that the speaker was not “ready to listen to this argument”.

Referring to the federal government’s amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Bill, the PPP chairman mentioned that now, police didn’t want a warrant to arrest anybody.

Bilawal mentioned that the opposition was already bearing the brunt of the NAB’s coercive ways, including that these new amendments would have an antagonistic impression on the nation’s enterprise neighborhood and consequently, on the economic system.

three FATF-related payments handed in joint parliament session, opposition stage walkout

The controversy started after in the present day’s joint sitting of the parliament throughout which amendments in three payments essential to the success of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) necessities had been handed.

PM Imran additionally attended the session summoned by President Arif Alvi and chaired by Speaker Asad Qaiser.

The opposition staged a stroll out in protest after most of their proposed amendments to the payments had been rejected they usually weren’t allowed to talk.

The three payments that had been handed with amendments had been the Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill, 2020, Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Act (modification) Bill, 2020.

According to Radio Pakistan, the Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill is aimed toward correct administration, supervision, and administration of Waqf properties within the territorial limits of Islamabad Capital Territory.

The Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 is “aimed at streamlining the existing anti money laundering law in line with international standards prescribed by FATF”, mentioned the publication.