ISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) on the first private member day of the 49th session of the National Assembly (NA) staged walkout from the proceeding of the house and termed the imposition of governor’s rule in Balochistan as undemocratic step of ruling PPP.

The second largest opposition party in National Assembly (NA), which was enjoying treasury benches in Balochistan Assembly (BA) viewed the imposition of governor’s rule as a result of Hazara’s community sit-in was illogical. “Killing of Hazara community was indeed a sad incident for all but imposition of governor’s rule as a result of it was illogical,” said Maulana Fazalur Rahman, speaking on a point of order.

Before staging walkout as mark of protest, Maulana was of the view that if sit-ins result in implementation of governor’s rule in a province then why this formula was not implied after Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) Chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s long march in Islamabad.

“The law and order situation is not satisfactory in KPK and Karachi...If this was the reason than governor’s rule should also be imposed in these areas,” he said, adding that ruling PPP had imposed governor’s rule in Punjab and now they repeated the same in Balochistan. Fazl said that Supreme Court (SC) has also expressed dissatisfaction over law and order situation in Karachi.

The house also unanimously adopted a resolution to confer civil award on parliamentarians who embraced martyrdom on recent various days. The resolution moved by MQM legislator S Iqbal Qadri recommend that in recognition of meritorious services rendered by members of legislatures like Syed Raza Haider and Syed Manzhar Imam, both members Provincial Assembly of Sindh, and Bashir Bilour, member of Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who have been brutally martyred in recent days in firing and bomb blast by terrorists respectively due to their noble cause to serve the humanity.

“The government should honour the martyred by awarding them to posthumous highest civil award,” the resolution says. The legislators from different political forces commented that they rendered sacrifice of lives with an aim to provide peaceful atmosphere in the country. There is need to join hands to eliminate terrorism from the country, they added.

“They sacrificed their lives for better future of the people ...I support this resolution and condemn terrorist activities,” said ANP senior MNA Pervaiz Khan, endorsing the resolution.

Taking the floor, PPP MNA Akhunzada Chattan also strongly endorsed the resolution and appealed to include name of PPP Khurram Agency President Syed Riaz Hussain (who was killed last week) for this civil award. The house also took serious notice about payment of Rs1.1 million by Higher Education Commission (HEC) to obtain membership of Islamabad Club for its chairman and foreign trips of the officers.

Upon the queries wrath of legislators who moved call-attention notice, it directed the Ministry of Education and Training to submit a report within one-week about its payment.

Adopting a strict stance, Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqas Akram informed that the HEC chairman had opted to go to National Defence College refusing to respond to the notice by the Parliament.

He said around Rs40 billion are allocated to HEC annually but whenever the government questioned its expenditures, they termed it as an attempt to undermine HEC’s autonomy.

He said the Commission had violated several rules of the Establishment Division and references had also been filed against the officers but no action had yet been taken. “Chairman should be punished and held responsible on his acts,” he said requesting the chair to issue directions in this matter.

MNA from Jhang also mentioned that the membership of Islamabad Club was not included in the perks and privileges entitled to the chairman.

About foreign trips by HEC officers, Waqas Akram said the Prime Minister had also questioned the Commission in this regard but they had not responded. Minister in emotion also uttered some words for Chairman, which was expunged by the chair.

Minister said that prime minister is the authority to make recruitment on MP scale but the officers in HEC allocate MP scale to them by their own.

The mover of the call-attention notice Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur suggested the government to put HEC chairman on Exit Control List (ECL) without any delay as he might be dual national.

Another legislator Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry proposed the matter should be referred to the to the privileges committee. MNA Shakeela Khanum Rashid took this matter as ‘state within state’.  

Two bills including ‘The general statistics (recognition) act,2011 (the general statistics (reorganization) amendment bill-2013’ and ‘torture and custodial death (punishment ) bill, 2013 were also introduced in the house.

A report standing committee on Interior to amend National Database and Registration Authority Ordinance, 2000 was also presented in the house.

Earlier, speaking on point of order, PML-N lawmaker Abdul Qadir Baloch cautioned to refrain discussing the matter of new provinces, as it would ultimately go against the state. “There is no need to ponder upon this matter just for the sake of votes. This step would harm representation of Baochistan in parliament,” he viewed.

In response to him, PPP chief whip Khurshid Shah said that the present government has increased the funding of the Balochistan province under NFC Award. 

He further said that the resolution of new provinces has come from Punjab Assembly (PA) so he (Abdul Qadir Baloch) better talk to his party for moving this resolution.