Senate of Pakistan Disputes Over Rule by Ordinance

Senate of Pakistan Disputes Over Rule by Ordinance

ISLAMABAD: Controversy over the government's policy of governing by the Presidential Decree (Ordinance) has been intensified at this time, with the Opposition failing to present the Presidential Ordinance to the Senate.

Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, chairman of the Dawn newspaper reported that the Senate meeting had to be adjourned without action due to refusal of the government to roll over the ordinance in the current session.

The unusual behavior of the Senate proceedings was witnessed when opposition members stood in front of the chairman's podium to raise the slogan of 'Nine to Ordinance', 'Nine to civil dictatorship and to honor Parliament' and the Presiding Officer. The meeting continued after the meeting was adjourned till now.

Speaking at the beginning of the Senate session, Senator Raza Rabbani of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) laid down the rolling saying, "There is scope to introduce an ordinance in the constitution but this can happen only when the parliament is not active and it is in the legislature Is the problem of life and death. "

Senator Raza Rabbani said that under Article 89 (1) of the Constitution, "except the President, when the National Assembly is meeting if it is satisfied that there are circumstances which require immediate action." He will be able to formulate and implement the ordinances as per the requirements of the situation. '

Raza Rabbani further said that the president could not mechanically receive such a summary but would have to be satisfied. Satisfaction would have to be exercised with his mind to see if the situation was such as to allow the implementation of the ordinance. You give

He also said that Parliament had the power to reject any ordinance as deemed appropriate.

Responding to Senator Raza Rabbani's objection, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Senator Azam Swati said that the ordinance would be presented but it was not on the agenda of the meeting as the Senate called the opposition today.

However, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said there was a rolling one whereby the government could add its agenda in the session called.

He further said that the Presidency of the House has become an 'ordinance factory' and the Senate has not been convened for fear of this ordinance being rejected.

At the meeting, when the deputy chairman of the Senate, Salim Mandviwala asked how long the government would present the ordinance in the House, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs began to give details of the presidential ordinance issued in the PML-N and PPP era.

To which the Deputy Chairman specifically responded, Senator Shibli Faraz said that the ordinance would be presented in a "proper" and "better" time for approval in the House.

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