Govt blamed by the Opp for blocking their bills in Parliament
The PML(N) government has been blamed by the major opposition parties in the Parliament for creating hurdles for the legislative process by blocking their bills in the Parliament.
So far the government, till the completion of the fourth parliamentary year, opposition parties has seen nearly 48 bills blocked, which include 16 rejected, while eleven were withdrawn and 12 dropped. The opposition has alleged that the government’s attitude in dropping the important bills was an ‘issue of egoism.’
In the fourth parliamentary year the opposition parties came up with 111 bills however its eleven bills had been passed and 61 introduced. The government using different arguments had dropped 12 bills, withdrew eleven and had rejected 16. The government’s side, which is currently enjoying 2/3 of the majority, has been able to pass its 50 bills while it has introduced 20 in different timings.
According to the figure of independent entity (Fafen) it has been revealed that the House had passed 50 government and 11 Private Members bills while 20 government and 61 Private Members bills are still under review of the committees or pending at the second-reading stage.
Among the 61 Private Members’ Bills which were introduced in the House, 22 had been sponsored by the lawmakers who were belonging to MQM, 15 were sponsored by the PML-N, and seven were sponsored by PPP-P, six by JUI-F, five by PTI, four by JI and one by QWP-S. The breakup has also revealed that one Private Member’s bill was jointly sponsored by lawmakers belonging to PML-N and JUI-F. The female lawmakers sponsored 33 bills, male lawmakers eight and the remaining 20 bills were jointly sponsored by both.
The lawmakers belonging to the opposition parties have blamed the government for creating hindrance in the legislation process by blocking the bills which were posted by the opposition members with different ways.
While talking to the press, PPP’s Shazia Marri said that the issue was with the mindset of the PML(N) government. Marri said that “The government side always make it an ‘issue of ego’ when opposition side floats any bill in the parliament,” She termed it purely an anti-parliamentary attitude. Citing different examples of opposition bills such as ‘Thalassemia issue’, ‘Domestic Child labour issue’ amongst others, Marri said, that the governments side had without any solid reasons had blocked these important bills. “They have to give 10 to 15 reminders in the National Assembly Secretariat for putting the bills on agenda items (order of the day),” said Marri.
PTI’s Dr Shireen Mazari said, that opposition bill are either rejected without even seeing the content or are held up in committee’s for years by the governments side. She adds that “My own bill on ratification of international treaties is still stuck in the committee,” Dr Mazari was of the view that this makes a mockery of the parliamentary system of legislation.
Kishwar Zehra of the MQM also criticized the government for repeatedly dropping the bills from opposition side. The MQM lawmaker said that the ”Government has blocked bills initiated from my party side at different stages include National Assembly standing committee,” said MQM lawmaker, she added that her bills had included ‘amendment in Organ transplant’ and ‘Physical torture of Police’ etc the bills were dropped by government.
Bills on electoral reforms, Fata reforms, technical education and training and institutional reforms were introduced by the government side. The legislation which were approved by the House addressed the economic sector reforms, justice system, institutional development and reforms and human rights.
Moreover, the bills which were passed were related to the issues of security, education, health, governance, elections, accountability, environment, agriculture, parliamentary affairs and prevention of electronic crimes.
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