Deputy opposition leader in the Senate Raza Rabbani on Thursday said that inviting army to negotiations with the Taliban was an unconstitutional act.
Speaking on a point of order in the Senate, he said that the government was again inviting the army to politics. The job of the army was to protect the borders and the Taliban were killers of the army officials, he added.
In the past the country had to bear a dictator for 10 years due to the bad policies of the PML-N.
The PPP senator said that the government was sweeping the real issues under the carpet and has not learned any lesson from its past mistakes.
He said that the government was making national policy but has not presented the document in the House, which was a grave situation.
Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq said that the document would soon be presented in the House. He also clarified that no date was fixed to bring the document to the House. It should have come to the House simultaneously when it was presented to the National Assembly. He said, however the direction of the Senate chairman would be followed.
Haq said the mandate to hold dialogue with terrorists was given to the government by the all parties’ conferences.
To a point raised by MQM Senator Babar Ghauri about talks with terrorists, he said, “All the three APCs had recommended in their findings to hold dialogue with militants.”
Ghauri had contested that dialogue could not be held with terrorists who were killing people.
Haq said it was unanimously approved by all APCs that the option of dialogue should also be exploited. “In all APCs, this proposal was also endorsed by the MQM representatives. There are their comments as well as signatures on the declarations.”
Senator Abdul Qadir Baloch, on behalf of the water and power minister, told the House that the circular debt currently stood at Rs 246 billion. Efforts were afoot to recover outstanding bills from the provincial governments and departments to reduce the circular debt, he added. Baloch said the payment of Rs 500 billion in circular debt helped enhance power generation by 1,700 megawatt.
He informed the House that the circular debt currently stood at Rs 246 billion. Efforts were afoot to recover outstanding bills from the provincial governments and departments to reduce the circular debt, he added.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that the moratorium on the death penalty was not amongst the pre-condition to qualify for or continue GSP Plus status.
He said Pakistan was signatory to several UN conventions. He said the PM has formed a committee to review implementation of these conventions.
To a question of Syeda Sughra Imam during question hour, Aziz said that the European Union (EU) granted GSP plus status to Pakistan on December 12, 2013 and came into effect from January 1.
However, the advisor said that the EU was a strong proponent of universal abolition of death penalty.
Meanwhile, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House that Rs 222,714 had been spent on advertisements during last two years.
To another question, he said that Pakistan State Oil’s board of management in its 199th meeting recommended Rs 2 million salary for the MD. However, the ministry did not endorse the terms and conditions, he added.
He said that the government had not conducted inquiry or investigation in this regard. However, a letter dated December 12, 2013 had been sent to the MD for recovery of Rs 4.831 million.