Islamabad April 16, 2014: Bemoaning that there has been a systematic erosion of parliament during the past five years PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar today called for reforms and check and balance to reverse the erosion of Parliament.
Speaking in the zero hour discussion in the senate today he said that in a meeting today between former President Zardari and Prime Minister the two leaders also considered it necessary to work together with all political parties towards strengthening parliament as the representing the will of the people of Pakistan indicating the growing realization of the need to address the issue of strengthening parliament and stemming its systematic decline.
Farhatullah Babar then listed a number of instance which he said amounted to erosion of parliament during the last five years.
He said that overturning the ruling of the Speaker, throwing out role of Parliament in the appointment of Judges, totally overturning a law passed by the Parliament, disqualifying an elected Prime Minister without reference to the election commission, refusal to place accounts before the parliament and refusal to answer parliamentary questions were some of the instances of over reach that eroded the Parliament. Continue reading