Wasim calls for unan­i­mous de­ci­sions of par­lia­ment on all na­tional is­sues

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Se­nate Wasim Sa­j­jad on Thurs­day called for unan­i­mous and agreed de­ci­sions of the par­lia­ment on all na­tional is­sues to strengthen the coun­try and demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

Speak­ing in Se­nate on 19th amend­ment bill, he said the mem­bers of par­lia­ment showed ma­tu­rity on 18th and 19th amend­ments and the time has come that the par­lia­ment should take some unan­i­mous de­ci­sions on other na­tional prob­lems in­clud­ing econ­omy, un­em­ploy­ment, poverty, ed­u­ca­tion and oth­ers.

"We should come up with agreed amend­ments to strengthen the coun­try, lib­er­a­tion and demo­cratic sys­tem," he added.

He said econ­omy needs to be con­sid­ered in depth and the par­lia­ment should have to take wise de­ci­sion to im­prove the eco­nomic con­di­tion of the coun­try be­cause all the stake­hold­ers are concerned in this re­gard.

Sa­j­jad said the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee made unan­i­mous amend­ments to the Na­tional Assem­bly on the 18th amend­ment with very vi­tal and im­por­tant changes in the con­sti­tu­tion.

Un­der the 18th amend­ment changes were made in four ma­jor ar­eas in­clud­ing trans­fer­ring of dis­cre­tionary pow­ers of the Pres­i­dent to the Prime Min­is­ter.

"In my opin­ion the trans­fer of dis­cre­tionary pow­ers of the Pres­i­dent to the prime min­is­ter is trans­ferred to the Par­lia­ment be­cause Prime Min­is­ter rep­re­sents the Par­lia­ment".

He said pow­ers of fed­er­a­tion were trans­ferred to the prov­inces. Sim­i­lary, Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan was strength­ened, his ten­ure was in­creased to five years and his ap­point­ment would now be done by the par­lia­ment.

He said that im­por­tant changes were also made in ap­point­ment of judges of the su­pe­rior courts. There were reser­va­tions re­gard­ing the method of ap­point­ment be­cause it was af­fect­ing the supremacy of the apex court.

Supreme Court showed some ob­ser­va­tions in this re­gard and these were duly con­sid­ered by the par­lia­ment and most of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee were in­cor­po­rated in 19th amend­ment bill, he added.

Sa­j­jad said that sug­ges­tions of all the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans should be duly con­sid­ered for fu­ture amend­ments.

He said that the 19th amend­ment bill should be passed by the Se­nate. -App

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