Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

Shahid Khaqan calls for consensus over issues of national importance

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ISLAMABAD: Senior vice-president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has highlighted the need of consensus on issues facing the country like the National Assembly agreed over the legislation for former Fata region.

Speaking in the house on the 26th constitutional amendment bill for increasing the NA seats in ex-Fata region on Monday, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said,” When we can reach to a consensus over the rights of the tribal region, we should also attain an agreement over other national issues.”

He urged for reaching to an agreement over the “charter of economy” and other issues of national importance.

He said that he is thankful of the prime minister for his attendance in the house. He expressed hope that the prime minister will take the house into confidence over the government’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other national issues.

He urged the government to table the details of the agreement with IMF and the conditions of the lender in the house.

The former prime minister also noted that there was consensus on the government’s decision to provide Rs100 billion in funds to the people of ex-Fata region for 10 years.

He urged for devising the modalities for funding to ensure that the people of the region are given equal rights and resources compared to other Pakistani citizens

Former premier praised former head of the Fata Reforms Committee, Sartaj Aziz, who he said had worked day and night to prepare a report and create consensus on issues, laying the groundwork for the passage of the bill.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi pointed out that after the spread of terrorism and subsequent counter-terror operations, there was hardly any population in the area when the census was conducted.

Allocation of resources to provinces and allocation of seats in the National Assembly are both dependent on the population.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated that the number of seats given to the tribal districts will have an effect on the country’s politics.

Meanwhile, PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry demanded that debate should be called in the house on Gwadar incident, saying that there is security lapse. He said that this gave negative message to investors across the world.

He said that terrorism was done in the prime hotel of Gwadar, saying that national assembly will not be allowed to become club or house of PTI, saying that interior minister should reply to the Gwadar incident. He said that who will take notice.