Pakistan

Minister Fawad notes all parties consensus on Army Act

Minister Fawad notes all parties consensus
Minister Fawad notes all parties consensus on Army Act. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Husain said this while talking to reporters outside Parliament House in Islamabad today (Friday).

Minister Fawad notes

He further said that all the parties are moving ahead on Army Act (Amendment) Bill 2020 with consensus.
He emphasised that the country cannot afford politics on national institutions.

Positive NA session

Furthermore, Fawad referred to National Assembly’s today session as positive.
Because, the opposition parties also remain positive on the matter.
Hence, the Minister hoped that the National Assembly would unanimously pass the bill tomorrow.
Meanwhile, he also expressed similar confidence on the matters of selection of the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan besides amendments to the NAB laws.
Although he asserted consensus among political parties would settle those issues, it remains difficult.
Because, opposition parties don’t agree with the PTI government on those issues.

Consultation with the Opposition

However, he pointed that the government and the opposition had agreed that parliament would decide the matter of selecting the ECP members.
He said consultations between the government and the opposition about amendments to the NAB laws will begin on Monday.

Government-Opposition consensus

Defence Minister introduced Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020 at National Assembly today.

In all, he introduced three bills.

Defence Minister introduces

Defence Minister Pervez Khattak also tabled Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Furthermore, he tabled Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020 in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser suspended “Question Hour” for next week.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan had sought it through a motion.

The speaker suspended the house with the consent of the House.

Moreover, the House will now meet at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

PML unconditional support

PMLN extends unconditional support to the government on Army Act, said Rana Sanaullah while talking to the media.

However, he ruled out possibility of deal with the government on Army Act.

He asserted that it remains an unconditional support. How it can be misconstrued as a result of deal, he asked.

Rana Sanaullah  further said that PMLN don’t want to make controversial office of the army chief.

PPP calls for democratic process

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed the need to follow democratic process while making amendments to the Army Act.

He emphasised this while talking to Defence Minister-led ruling PTI delegation who called on him to seek support for the draft bill for amendments in Army Act.

The governmet is seeking consensus after three-year extension to Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa) engendered legal debate.

The PPP chairman said that  they wanted to positively engage with the democratic legislative process.

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