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Implementation of the NAP requires parliamentary oversight: Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Mian Raza Rabbani said on Thursday that the implementation of the NAP requires parliamentary oversight.

Mian Raza Rabbani in his address said this at the ‘inaugural ceremony of Second Internship batch of Senate Internship program at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS).

He said that in the recent past the federal government has indicated these issues related to the province in the NAP have not been fully implemented similar complaints have been made about the federal ministries.

He said that Parliament is a forum where all stakeholders can be held accountable. This has been done in the past under the parliamentary committee on National Security and that was a very a successful experience. This will also give political and all party ownership, he added.

Chairman Senate said that, unfortunately in Pakistan parliament was never allowed to grow and democracy was never allowed to take roots.

The institution of parliament, he said, was treated as the secondary element in the affairs of the state. He urged the young interns to have a look at the true picture of its history and understand the real spirit and true perspective of historical constitutional developments.

Mian Raza Rabbani while shedding light on the internship program said that the initiative has been conceived after detailed celebrations with the sole objective to give the young generation a practical exposure of the working of the parliament its practical significance and the role it placed in the oversight of the executive thus promoting good governance.

Earlier in the welcome address Mr. Amjad Pervez Malik, Secretary Senate of Pakistan while highlighting the objectives of the internship program said that, internship opportunity will aim at addressing the misconception about political institutions among the general public especially youth of Pakistan.


CJP takes suo motu notice of illegal appointments in NAB

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Anwar Zaheer Jamali while taking suo motu notice of illegal appointments in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has issued notice to Attorney General (AG) and chairman NAB.

The case is likely to be fixed for hearing in the last week of August.

CJP while taking suo motu notice of illegal and against the rules appointments in NAB has issued directives for fixing the case for hearing soon.

Notices have been issued to AG and chairman NAB Qamar ul Zaman Chaudhry and case is likely to be fixed for hearing in the last week of August.

Opposition seeks Speaker’s guarantee before it sits in TORs committee


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan representing a joint opposition on Wednesday said the Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq must guarantee the centre would show flexibility on the Terms of References (ToRs) proposed by the opposition before they join the ToRs committee.

Briefing the media along with PPP’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi after a meeting in the capital to finalise the ToRs for a proposed inquiry commission to investigate the Panama Papers leaks, Aitzaz Ahsan clarified that the final decision about joining the government party in the committee would be taken only after consultation with key opposition players.

He stressed that the joint opposition including Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has already shown enough maturity beyond what was required on the issue and it was government’s turn to show flexibility before things go completely against them and their government.
He was of the opinion that the government didn’t pay attention to recommendations of opposition despite eight seats, adding that the incumbent wanted to save Prime Minister and his family. He further said that the decision to sit in TORs committee will be taken after taking all stakeholders into confidence, adding that accountability should be started from top post.

Opposition leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the stance of opposition has gotten strong with the passage of time, adding that the government attempted to influence their stance. He further said that protest of PTI is not a solo flight as it has support of opposition parties, clarifying that the government failed to break alliance of opposition.

Key party members of a united opposition particularly Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf attended the crucial meeting.

The meeting deliberated on putting forward a new law on ToRs against the government’s suggested ‘Inquiry act 1956’ and resuming talks with the government party on the leaks probe.
The opposition parties discussed the option of resuming talks with the government after it received an invitation from the speaker national assembly to join the ToRs committee. However, they earlier had decided not to participate in the committee.

Earlier, PPP and PTI had rejected the ‘Inquiry act 1956’ proposed by the ruling PML-N government in a bid to help investigate the Panama Papers’ leaks.

According to Ahsan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz added only one clause in the proposed law, which cannot do justice with the infamous leaks probe. PPP leader Khursheed Shah also took the attendees of the meeting into confidence over his recent talks with the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in which they both had agreed bringing a new law on the table instead of the ‘Inquiry act 1956’.

PPP, PTI and allied parties are ramping up pressure on the premier by pursuing various means to have him disqualified from the National Assembly for allegedly hiding his assets in the wake of the Panama Papers Leaks.

Indian finance minister to attend SAARC FM’s Conference in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to attend the SAARC Finance Ministers’ Conference in Islamabad on August 25 and 26.

There are chances of “gracious handshakes” between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his Indian counterpart, sources said.

The government has finalised arrangements for the upcoming SAARC conference. Earlier, Ishaq Dar had chaired a meeting to review arrangements for the conference.ONLINE

India rejects Pakistan’s offer for talks on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: India rejected Pakistan’s proposal for foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir, asserting that terror remains the core concern and there was a need to talk about that.

However, India’s Foreign Secretary Jaishankar said he is ready to go to Islamabad but maintained Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an internal matter of India, except to put an end to cross-border terrorism and infiltration.

“Since aspects related to cross-border terrorism are central to the current situation in J&K, we have proposed that discussions between the Foreign Secretaries be focused on them.”

It is vital to mention here that India once against avoiding talks on Kashmir which Pakistan proposed on foreign secretary levels.ONLINE