ISLAMABAD: The Joint opposition on Friday submitted a requisition for the Senate session to discuss a host of important issues, including the rise in incidents of terrorism following the killing of Mashal Khan, and PM family’s use of constitutional office to advance their trans-national business interests.
As many as 31 senators have signed the requisition application. It is pertinent that as per the schedule, the upper house of Parliament is slated for a fresh session from Monday. The requisition has been filed under Article 54 (3), read with Article 61 of the Constitution. PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar filed the requisition application.
“We the members of the Senate whose signatures are appended herewith, do hereby requisition the session of the Senate under Article 54(3) read with Article 61 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, to discuss these amongst other issues,” says the application
The proposed agenda of the session includes: i. The rise in incidents of terrorism in the wake of the tragic incident of killing of Mashal Khan. ii. The tendency of the family of the Prime Minister to use the influence of their constitutional office to advance their transnational business interests. iii. The firing of Federal Information Minister, Senator Pervez Rashid on the convoluted pretext and perverse allegation that he failed to block a news item planted by the Prime Minister himself through his officials. iv. The non-publication of the report of DawnLeaks Inquiry Committee. v. The bugging of official meetings by the Media Cell headed by the Prime Minister’s daughter. vi. Government’s attempt to influence and manipulate the constitution of JIT in the Panama Case and the impact thereof. vii. The interference of Governor Sindh in political matters in clear violation of the Constitution. viii. The misrepresentation of Federal Minister of State for Water and Power in the Senate regarding the supply of irrigation water to the provinces. ix. The physical blocking of leaders of a political party from holding of Press Conference in the Press Information Department of the Government. x. The dropping of discussion on implementation of Article 158 from the delayed meeting of CCI of 2nd May. xi. The non-participation of the Prime Minister in discussion of 12 items out of the 13 item agenda of the delayed CCI meeting of 2nd May 2017. xii. The failures of the government to trace the whereabouts of Mr. Ghulam Qadir Marri and others who are close to former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.
Meanwhile, JUI-Fazl Senator Hafiz Hamdullah has filed a condemnation resolution against the Afghan forces’ unprovoked violence inside Pakistan’s Chaman border area, which martyred seven while another 29 were wounded, including children, women and men.
The proposed resolution calls for effective measures to secure the Pak-Afghan border, summoning of Afghan ambassador to record strong protest and seeks compensation to the families of those martyred and treatment of the wounded.