ISLAMABAD, September 07 (Online Int’l): Back door contacts between the government and the opposition have come to light before the joint sitting of the two houses of parliament for legislation on a vital issue.
The opposition has given an indication to support the government on anti-moneylaundering bill in case of acceptance of its 3 amendments.
Sources said the opposition has made it clear that if the government accepts these three amendments then the legislation will be enacted in the National Assembly and Senate instead of a joint session of parliament. Otherwise if a joint session is summoned then the opposition will have 8 votes more than the government and its allied parties. This way the government can face defeat.
The government desires that they should not go towards a joint session and a new bill be presented in both the houses of parliament with amendments and efforts be made to seek its approval. Therefore, Speaker NA Asad Qaisar has contacted opposition parties and due to his contacts the NA and Senate sessions have been re-scheduled. Earlier these sessions were to take place on September 07 and 08 and now the NA will meet on September 14 and the Senate on September 15.
The opposition has proposed that NAB powers be not enhanced, the NAB be stopped from arresting any citizen without evidence in cases pertaining to money-laundering and corruption in public funds, and that NAB should not arrest politicians and bureaucrats without evidence. The opposition is of the view that the government should accept their proposals and then there is no need for summoning a joint session of parliament. The opposition has also brought an amendment in Trust Evacuee Bill.
When contacted PML-N senior leader and former NA speaker Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq said neither the government nor the speaker has contacted him so far. If contact is made then the meeting will take place and talks can be held. The opposition has never refused to hold talks, he added.
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