Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

PPP, PML-N demand govt to withdraw references against judges

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday raised questions over the absence of production orders for MNAs Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, who were taken into custody earlier this week over their involvement in the North Waziristan Kharqamar check post incident.

Addressing a press conference outside the National Assembly, the PPP chairman said he had written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser saying that production orders should be issued for the MNAs.

Bilawal said that despite having evidence that the letter had been received, “today in the NA we were lied to and told that they did not get this letter.”

He raised the demand for issuance of the production order again, saying that the parliament should follow its own rules and laws. However, he alleged, the government just wants a selected opposition and judiciary.

Bilawal, in his letter, had stated that as per Rules 103 and 105 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the NA, the relevant authorities must immediately inform the speaker of the arrest of any member of the Lower House on criminal charges, and the speaker must then announce it to the assembly in session, or via circulation if the assembly is not in session.

However, he said, the House was not informed about the arrest of Wazir on criminal charges, nor was his production order issued. He added that although PPP MNA Naveed Qamar had formally raised the issue, his plea was ignored.