Pak Parliament’s joint
session deferred to build
consensus with opposition

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday said joint session of the Parliament was being deferred to build consensus with opposition over the legislation pertaining to electoral reforms.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser had been asked to contact opposition once again so that a unanimous electoral reforms bill could be introduced [in the Parliament], said the minister in a news statement.

“Electoral reforms are future of the country and we are making efforts in good faith to build consensus over these matters,” he remarked.

He hoped that the opposition would take the crucial reforms into consideration so that a joint action could be opted to for the future of the country. “However, if this does not happen then we cannot backtrack from the reforms at any cost,” he added.

Presidential order released in regards of postponement of Parliament’s joint session.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan by appearing in the Supreme Court on a short notice once again proved that he believed in the rule of law and the Constitution and respected the judiciary.

Talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court along with Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, he said Imran Khan complied with the court order as enforcement of the rule of law and constitution was an important part of PTI’s manifesto.

Talking about the APS tragedy, Fawad said every citizen of Pakistan was saddened by the tragic incident. He said at that time PML-N was in power at the time of APS tragedy and it would have been very easy for the present regime to blame the previous government but it did not do so.

All political parties of Pakistan put aside their differences and came up with a National Action Plan after this tragedy, Chaudhry Fawad said, adding that the whole nation stood behind the National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism.

He said that intelligence failure also happened in the US at the time of the 9/11 incident as seven bombers stayed in a hotel in front of White House for three months and no one had any clue.

He said that steps were taken after intelligence failure in APS tragedy, and terrorism eradicated from Pakistan successfully. “After the National Action Plan, our lives have returned to normalcy today, for which the Pakistan Army and security agencies have made immense sacrifices,” said the minister.

The situation that emerged in Afghanistan following the sudden fall of Kabul in August, would have destabilised any other neighbouring country very badly. He said that the court has directed that those who have moral responsibilities for APS tragedy should be determined.

He said as directed by the Supreme Court, the report will be submitted to the Supreme Court in four weeks. He said all national institutions including administration, judiciary and other institutions have to fulfill their responsibilities.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said that there is no need to worry, Prime Minister Imran Khan will complete his five-year constitutional term.

Talking to newsmen outside the Supreme Court, Sheikh Rasheed said he was asked to reach SC and he has no information about PM Imran Khan’s appearance before the apex court. If PM Imran Khan is coming, he will listen to SC, he added.

Replying to a question, he ruled out the impression of any game and added that PM will complete his constitutional term. The interior minister said he is not the attorney general of Pakistan neither a law expert to respond to the situation

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and Information Minister Fawad Choudhary speaking to newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Sheikh Rasheed dismissed the rumours after Prime Minister Imran Khan was summoned by the Supreme Court and said “no game is being played, the game belongs to Imran Khan.”

He was also asked about the political situation in the country. “There is no danger, Imran Khan will fulfil his five-year term,” Sheikh Rasheed said.

Responding to a question, the minister said he had arrived at the apex court “to accompany the prime minister if he appears”, adding that he did not know whether PM Imran Khan will show up or not.

He refused to comment on the hearing, saying that the law minister or the attorney general were better qualified to speak on the matter. “The Ministry of Interior does not have the solution to every problem,” he said.