Im­ran rejects Shah­baz’s name as PAC chair­man

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has re­jected the name of op­po­si­tion leader in Na­tional Assem­bly Shah­baz Sharif as the next chair­man of the pow­er­ful Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC).

On the other hand, all the op­po­si­tion par­ties have made it clear that Shah­baz should be made the PAC chief oth­er­wise they would not be part of all the House bod­ies. They have ar­gued that it was the par­lia­men­tary tra­di­tion that the ofice of the PAC chair­man goes to the op­po­si­tion’s nom­i­nee.

How­ever, the rul­ing Pak­istan Tehrike-in­saaf (PTI) is set to put for­ward the name of for­mer Speaker Syed Fakhar Imam to lead the ac­count­abil­ity fo­rum — the PAC.

In a meeting of the PTI’S par­lia­men­tary party, chaired by the prime min­is­ter, Shah­baz’s name to lead the PAC was re­jected on the ba­sis of Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) cases against him. It was de­cided to pro­pose a non-con­tro­ver­sial per­son with in­tegrity for the job.

The PTI government will take up the is­sue with the op­po­si­tion par­ties sep­a­rately. How­ever, the op­po­si­tion pressed for its right to have the chair­man­ship of the PAC.

As a re­sult of the non-con­sti­tu­tion of the House bod­ies, no leg­is­la­tion can be done be­cause ev­ery bill moved in the Lower House of Par­lia­ment has to be re­ferred to the con­cerned com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion and in­al­i­sa­tion. The bill is then re­turned to the House for ap­proval.

How­ever, the rul­ing coali­tion is yet to in­tro­duce any bill in the Na­tional Assem­bly over the past two months when it came into power.

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