Opposition assails govt for legislation through Ords

ISLAMABAD   –   The PTI’s government during Friday’s National Assembly proceedings managed to approve extension of three important ordinances including ‘Higher Education Commission Amendment Ordinance’ facing stiff resistance from main opposition parties [PPP-P and PML-N].

The government side passed three resolutions seeking extension of ‘the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Ordinance’, ‘the Higher Education Commission Amendment Ordinance (IX of 2021)’ and ‘Higher Education Commission Second Amendment Ordinance (X of 2021)’ for a further period of 120 days. The opposition parties, in protest, preferred to walk out from the proceedings after failing to block legislation on the ordinances passed by the treasury benches.

Before staging a walkout from the proceedings, lawmakers from the main opposition parties argued against the way of making legislation in the shape of ordinance. “It is tantamount to bulldozing Parliament. Government has promulgated a large number of ordinances by making mockery of Parliament,” said PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal. Another PML-N’s MNA Malik Javed Hasnain said that the HEC ordinance would not go in favour of students.

PPP-P’s Parliamentary leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that there was a proper way of legislation but the PTI’s government preferred the wrong way of legislation. PPP-P’s Naveed Qamar argued that these were controversial ordinances passed without consent of the opposition. “The government should have adopted the proper way of legislation,” he said. MMA’s Shahida Akhtar Ali also opposed the government for giving extension to three ordinances without taking the opposition into confidence.

The PTI’s government is confident to address the issue of circular debt by taking effective economic measures. The government is taking steps to address the issue of circular debt,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Aliya Hamza Malik, responding to the query raised by the opposition, during Question-Hour session.

Parliamentary secretary said that the government had reduced line losses and significantly enhanced the recoveries. A relief of 50.69 billion rupees was provided on account of payment of electricity bills of small and medium enterprises after the breakout of COVID-19, said the PTI’s MNA.

Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali, responding to the concerns raised on a call-attention notice, said that 39 officials of NADRA have been suspended for their involvement in issuance of fake CNICs. He informed the house that an FIR had also been registered against 10 officials whilst five officials had been arrested.

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