PM’s visit to Saudi Arabia: Rabbani asks govt to take parliament into confidence


ISLAMABAD: Former chairman Senate and PPP leader Raza Rabbani has asked the government to take the parliament into confidence over the prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
The PPP leader said that there were three statements of the government officials about the prime minster’s visit to Saudi Arabia, which raised serious questions. He said that information minister said that the prime minister had assured security to the Saudi authorities, adding that he talked about strategic support to Saudi Arabia.
The PPP senator said that the prime minister in an interview had said that attack on Saudi Arabia would not be allowed. He demanded of the government to take parliament into confidence over the prime minister’s assurances to the Saudi authorities.
Meanwhile, the PPP senator also rejected the National Assembly committee for investigation into elections rigging, complaining that senators should not have been excluded from the body.
He said that the Senate was the first to demand a probe into election rigging. He argued that it would have been more appropriate that a committee of the whole house (drawn from the Senate and National Assembly) would have been formed on the issue.
“The purpose of a parliamentary committee is to have representatives from both houses,” Rabbani said, adding that the committee formed was not a ‘parliamentary committee’ but a ‘house committee’.
“The first session of the National Assembly has shaken the unity and supremacy of parliament,” Rabbani regretted.
He also criticised the government for excluding senators based on the argument that the Senate had no stake in the general election.


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