Speaker stops MPs from taking part in NA proceedings

ISLAMABAD   –   Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser yesterday stopped lawmakers, who had not submitted details of their assets, from taking part in the National Assembly proceedings. The membership of MNAs will remain suspended till submission of assets details, said National Assembly Speaker at start of the proceedings. 

The details (names) of MPs who failed to submit their assets details have been given at all entry gates of the Parliament, said the chair asking ruling party’s (PTI’s) Zillay Huma not to take part in proceedings of the house. The house, on a private members day, witnessed thin presence probably due to non-submission of assets by large number of legislators. The ECP the other day (Monday) had notified suspension of 150 legislators, including federal ministers Shafqat Mehmood and Hammad Azhar as well as Noorul Haq Qadri, Dr Fehmida Mirza and State Minister Farrukh Habib for their failure to submit details of their assets and liabilities to the electoral body. The proceedings of the house were surprisingly disrupted by a member of govt’s coalition party. MQM-P’s Osama Qadri, expressing annoyance for not giving time to raise concerns over his province-related issues, pointed out lack of required quorum. The chair abruptly adjourned the proceedings due to insufficient members. Earlier, the opposition demanded of the govt to remove ministers from the Federal Cabinet having conflict of interests and responsible for sugar and wheat crisis. PPP-P’s MNA Shazia Marri said, “If the present govt says that parliamentarians having conflict of interests should not be a member of a standing committee then the same rules should also be applied on the Cabinet members,” said PPP MNA, on a point of order.

She said the sugar and wheat crisis should have been taken care of had the same formula of conflict of interests applied then. Marri also regretted that it happened during this regime that an Inspector General of Police of a province was suspended when buffalo of a poor farmer entered into landlord’s farm. Minister for Communication Murad Saeed raised a matter that parliamentarians associated with a particular business and having conflict of interests should not be members of the concerned standing committee of the NA or the Senate. Parliamentary Secretary of Commerce Aliya Hamza, responding to a call attention notice, said 12m Urea bags had been provided to farmers during the current month to fulfill their needs of fertilizers. She said Pakistan had produced a record urea since 2009 and its sale had increased by five percent. Aliya Hamza further said that price of urea in Pakistan was six times lower in comparison with the international market.

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