LAHORE - Treasury and the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly on Thursday took a united stand on a statement of former Pakistani High Commissioner to United Kingdom Wajid Shamsul Hassan, wherein he had opposed the status for the Qadiyanis in Pakistan.

Under the Constitution of Pakistan, Qadiyanis/Ahmadis are non-Muslim minority segment of the society as decided by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto-led parliament in 1974.

Both the sides in PA decided to bring in a joint motion against Wajid, for opposing the constitutionally-provided status of minority to the Qadiyanis. They also decided to recomend taking back all the awards and honours he received during his service as Pakistani HC to UK from June 2008 to April 2014. Wajid holds the longest tenure in this office.

Treasury members Waheed Gull, Maulana Ilyas Chinioti, Dr Farzana and Opposition members Mian Aslam Iqbal and Qazi Ahmad Saeed said Wajid’s statement “aims at creating chaos in the country”. They demanded formation of a committee for suggesting action against the ex-HC.

“The alleged statement has hurt feelings of the Muslims all over the world. Mr Wajid should be held accountable under the National Action Plan,” Gull suggested.

Maulana Chinioti was particularly grieved over the grant of undue favours to Qadiyanis and said only Rs200million were provided for sewerage system in 20 union councils of his constituency, while in the Qadiyani area of Chanab Nagar, Rs 730million have been provided in only two UCs.

The Chair held by Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Khan Gorchani asked the members to bring a joint resolution so that ruling could be treated accordingly.

The Chair was very annoyed when it learned that PTI leaders Nasrullah Dreshek and his sons Husnain Bahadar Dreshek and Ali Raza Dreshek had illegally occupied the public land at Soun Nullah, Jampur City where a mosque was constructed. On an Adjournment Motion of Mian Naseer Ahmad and Ahmad Ali Javed, Parliamentary Secretary Nazar Muhammad Gondal told the chair the Dareshak family got stay against the encroached land but the government will forcefully pursue the case before the court of law.

Influential people get shelter behind stay on major offence while the poor are made victim on petty one, the chair observed.

Unless powerful are not taken to task for causing loss to the public assets, things are hard to change, the deputy speaker went on. He asked Nazar Gondal to come with more information on the case and what is being done to retrieve the public land.

As many as 11 previously promulgated ordinances were presented in the House as bill for transacting them into law. These Ordinances (deemed to be bill) related to Safe City Authority, Local Government (amendment), Forest (amendment), Local Government (second Amendment), Food Authority (Amendment), Drugs (second Amendment), Special Protection Unit, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (amendment), the Infrastructure Development Authority and Pure Food (Amendment).

Provincial Minister Ch Sher Ali presented the ordinances which were referred to the relevant standing committees of the House for report within two months. The Local Government Ordinance relates to holding LG election in Punjab on party basis and indirect election on the five seats reserved for women, minorities, youth, peasants and workers. Under the Safe City project, five cities of the province namely Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi will get thousands of CCTV cameras installed through which the activity relating to the terror and crime will be monitored. Rs 50billion will be spent on the project. The Chair will resume the session at 9am today.

Answering to a member, the Chair said that a Committee has been set up to consider giving the same package as given to the army and policeman to a member of the Assembly if he is killed in a terror hit.

He added the recommendation has been sent through the Chief Minister to the Federal Government for awarding Tamgha Shujaat, highest gallantry award on the civil side, to the martyred home minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada.