The federal government is going to change the National Assembly production order rule so that production orders cannot be issued for MNAs accused of corruption.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Azam Sawati has said that in a few weeks, a draft amendment will be prepared for Section 108 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business 2007 in the National Assembly.
Under Section 108, the speaker of the house or the chairperson of a committee can issue a ‘production order’ for MNAs who have been arrested. The MNAs are then able to come to the assembly for a session or meeting.
The government wants to change this rule so that it excludes MNAs who have been arrested in corruption cases.MNAs like Asif Ali Zardari, Ex CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and Khawaja Saad Rafique have been able to attend National Assembly sessions. All three were arrested in corruption cases and were either in NAB custody. They were allowed to attend the session of the NA which often last for multiple days.