NA panel gives green light to file ‘contempt of parliament’

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Rana Qasim Chaired a meeting of the Standing Rules and Privileges Committee of the National Assembly in the afternoon.  — Twitter/@NAofPakistan
Rana Qasim Chaired a meeting of the Standing Rules and Privileges Committee of the National Assembly in the afternoon. — Twitter/@NAofPakistan
  • Rana Qasim Noon says parliament’s contempt law is in effect.
  • He adds that the draft will be prepared within a few days after consultation.
  • Commission president says the law would strengthen the “toothless” parliament.

ISLAMABAD: The Standing Committee on Rules and Privileges of the National Assembly (NA) has given the green light to file a “contempt for parliament” on the floor of the House soon, reported The news on Wednesday.

The decision was made by lawmakers at a closed meeting of the NA panel on Tuesday.

The meeting was open to the media when it started, but the committee’s chairman, Rana Qasim Noon, decided to go on camera as the panel began discussing the contempt of parliament draft.

The committee took over motions on privileges from the members of the National Assembly, in addition to discussing the contempt of parliament draft.

The meeting was attended by committee members Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Ramesh Lal, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani and Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari. MNA’s Sheikh Rohail Asghar and Mohsin Dawar also attended the meeting as movers of the privilege motion.

Later, speaking to media persons after the meeting, Noon said that the Contempt Bill of Parliament is the need of the hour, adding that lawmakers have been working on the bill for a long time to make the National Assembly effective. He said the draft will be prepared in a few days after consultation with legal experts.

Noon said the law would apply to anyone who offends parliament, and that the existing “toothless” parliament would be strengthened.

Besides discussing the bill, the committee also raised the issue of Asghar over the statement on Quaid-e-Azam by presenter Orya Maqbool Jan.

The committee hung the issue of privilege with instructions that Jan should be blacked out by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

Pemra was ordered to take all of Jan’s programs off the air with a report to the committee. The commission also indicated that the PTA, FIA and Pemra should fine the presenter, in addition to taking action against him under the rules and regulations with a report to the commission within 15 days.

On a privilege issue raised by Dr Nafisa Shah over the maintenance of the parliament boxes, the committee instructed the CDA chairman to resolve the issues and report within 15 days.


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