NA speaker hints at reforms in Senate elections’ procedure


ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Monday hinted that the Parliament could take up reforms in the process of Senate elections soon after the budget session.

Talking to the seasoned journalist, analyst, Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, Sadiq said, “The reforms (in Senate elections) can be done after the budget session. It will be in favour of all political parties.”

He expressed the need to bring reforms in the process of Senate elections which would be in favour of all the political parties.

Moreover, he said that record legislation had been done during the ongoing constitutional tenure of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government.

He said Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaf (PTI) had always used derogatory language against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its leadership but voted in the favour of PPP candidate during the Senate elections. Sadiq stated that one should not cross the limit otherwise shame was inevitable.

The speaker said he had played a role of bridge the gap between the government and opposition, adding that everyone should work under the constitutional domains.

Replying to a question, he said not a single corruption case was proved against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif till date and he was disqualified on the grounds of having an iqama. He said, “If someone has evidence of corruption against Nawaz Sharif then they should present it before the court of law.”

He said the loyal and genuine people would never leave the party, however, selfish and opportunists would give priority to their personal interests.

“Those who were raising the slogan of South Punjab province had never raised their voice for it during the whole tenure,” he said.

Replying to another query, he said Maryam Nawaz was emerging as the new political leader and she had strong public engagement.

He said general elections would be held in time and the government and opposition would evolve consensus about the caretaker set-up soon.

The speaker of the lower house said that a hung parliament would not be in favour of the country and political parties should support legislation against the ‘opportunist people’.