ISLAMABAD: The PPP-led opposition parties in the Upper House of parliament on Monday staged a walkout against the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, claiming it required approval of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).
However, the Senate chairman later allowed the minister to lay the ordinance, as it is a requirement of the law. But before laying the ordinance, PPP’s Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said the PMDC is a regulatory body and was established under the federal law. He claimed that this ordinance cannot be produced in this House because it required approval from the CCI, and not of the cabinet. He also said that this law was challenged in the Sindh High Court.
Federal Minister Zahid Hamid told the senators, that his law was presented in national assembly as a bill and just lay here for the information under Article 89 sub rule 3. Once it passed in national assembly, then it will be transmitted as a bill to Senate, he added. Opposition leader Aitizaz Ahmad said this is a matter which came under the preview of CCI and required to present a certification from it. But Mian Raza Rabbani insisted that it was not an ordinance. In mean time, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari allowed the minister to lay the ordinance. But PPP leader Rabbani protested and announced walked out against laying the ordinance.
Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq on Tuesday laid a copy of National Security Policy (NSP) in the Upper House of the Parliament. The ANP Senator Shahi Syed also staged a walked out against poor law and order situation in Karachi. He informed the house that workers of ANP are abducted and killed. Despite of continued military operation, there is no decrease in extortion, killing, kidnapping in Karachi. However, the ANP still supports the operation but due to targeting our party, the ANP will stage walked out from the session.
During Zero Hours, several senators raised different issues. MQM Senator Tahir Mashhadi demanded of the government to control 40 percent power wastage and stop prolong power load shedding. Senator Saeed Ghani demanded of the government to direct all banks to ensure safety of lockers in all banks. Senator Farhatullah Babar said that for quite sometime there have been reports of a tiff between the civil government and security establishment highlighted by the Army chief’s speech at the SSG headquarters followed by leaked reports about the displeasure expressed in the subsequent corps commanders meeting at recent statements of some ministers. Now the interior minister has also admitted the existence of some disagreements between the civil and security establishment which though he claimed would be resolved soon. He said that such kind of public posturing by the security establishment is uncalled for and disturbing. He said that the civil and political forces must join hands against adventurism or threat of adventurism by any coalition of undemocratic forces.
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