Institutional dialogue need of hour: Rabbani

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Thursday said he had been saying it for a long time that the supremacy of the parliament and political structure in the country is in danger.

An institutional dialogue was the need of the hour, he said while speaking with regard to a point raised by Farhatullah Babar.

Rabbani said that the decision announced by the Supreme Court on Tuesday would not affect the Senate elections.

The leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq said no one could deny accepting the apex court’s decision. He met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and gave him the new forms of the candidates for the Senate election signed by him as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Chairman.

The CEC, he said, had sought time for consultation, but now he came to know that the CEC had rejected the forms. Speaking on the point of order, Farhatullah Babar said he had already expressed his reservations that something ultra vires to the Constitution was being planned to set up a government of technocrats.

He said he feared in case the Senate elections were postponed, a technocrats’ government would be set up for a long period.

Both the political structure and supremacy of the parliament would be in danger which would have serious repercussions, Babar added.

Sardar Azam Musakhel, Barrister Saif Ali and Ghaux Bakhs Niazi also expressed similar concerns.