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Govt makes an offer senators can’t resist

Though the 20th Constitution (Amendment) Bill could not win a unanimous vote in the Senate on Monday due to opposition from the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) members, it was a win for the senators, especially those retiring in the next month, when they secured maximum possible out of the ‘legislation deal’ by making the government release their development funds and notify same perks and privileges for the retired ones as were being enjoyed by the sitting senators in exchange for their support for the bill.
Before going to vote on the bill, the senators were handed out copies of a notification to assure them that each retired senator and his spouse would enjoy the perks and privileges of a sitting senator.
Around 60 other senators were given copies of letters to make known to them that their lapsed funds – of around Rs 360 million – had been restored and released for development in their respective areas as a “goodwill gesture” for their support for the legislation.
JI senators Prof Khurshid Ahmad and Prof Ibrahim Khan severely opposed the bill as a “law of necessity” and an “attempt to indemnify a violation of the constitution”, as the voting ended in 74 votes in favour of the bill and two against it.
All amendments proposed in the bill by Prof Khurshid were rejected by a majority vote. He was opposed to the validation of the 28 by-polls held when the Election Commission was incomplete, saying the 28 parliamentarians should get themselves re-elected.
He also objected to the National Assembly speaker’s discretionary powers for constituting the committee to recommend the name of the caretaker prime minister, saying the relevant clause was vague and did not mention from which House of parliament the speaker would choose members of the committee.



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9 Comments

  1. quite citizen said:

    They PPP Paid each senator more than 100,000 Rs for this ammendmadent support

    • A Quirk said:

      Was it Rs 100, 000 ( Aik Lakh)or Rs 10,00, 000 (Das Lakh ) or Rs 100, 00, 000 ( Aik Curoore). Rs one lakh is insult to the senators, even Rs Das lakh is low, it is more like a crore. That is why they are all a lughing.

      I believe the going rate for rishwat i.e. bribe is high especially after Zardari dug his fangs into Pakistan.

  2. anwar said:

    HERE IS THE MAIN REASON WHY PEOPLE REFUSE TO PAY TAXES. THEY ARE JUSTIFIED

  3. serzeb said:

    I dont know what kind of country we are living in. we were discussing the president's immunity now there will be another discussion about senators immunity and no immunity for a common people who are paying taxes.
    While on seat nobody cares about common people welfare the how could it be possible that after retirement these senators will do for development in their respective areas.

    Mr Khursheed(JI) said its law of necessity I would say its law to be law-less.

  4. Naeem said:

    Elected representatives all over the world have similar perks and in India they are paid pension for the full time work they have been doing. Think of a poor man who has no job except public service as senator. This is justifiable and they are entitled for these benefits.

  5. TruthS33k3R said:

    Just pay the Senators and get any thing approved… And with this kind of deal and perks none of them can refuse for this bill. They just want their share all the time and after this its ok with them whatever the bill is 😉

  6. A Quirk said:

    Was it Rs 100, 000 ( Aik Lakh)or Rs 10,00, 000 (Das Lakh ) or Rs 100, 00, 000 ( Aik Curoore). Rs one lakh is insult to the senators, even Rs Das lakh is low, it is more like a crore. That is why they are all laughing.

    I believe the going rate for rishwat i.e. bribe is high especially after Zardari dug his fangs into Pak

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