Govt presents Contempt of Parliament Bill 2023 in NA


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Ijaz Kakakhel

The government on Tuesday presented the Contempt of Parliament Bill 2023 in the National Assembly.

The bill was presented by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges chairman Qasim Noon. Talking on the floor, Qasim Noon asked where is the supremacy of the parliament. Those who are disrespecting the lower house of the parliament should be held accountable.

A parliamentary committee comprising 24 members, with equal share from the treasury and from the opposition benches, would investigate the cases brought before it.

The committee will then suggest punishment that will be finalised by the leader of the house concerned.

The proposed Bill aims at condemning and awarding punishment for the actions that accounts for breach of the sovereignty and integrity of the prestigious house of Majlis-e-Shoora in any form or shade.

In his remarks on the occasion, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar termed the bill a serious effort to give further impetus to the functions of the parliament. He said doing legislation is the right of the parliament and the institution which has the right of the constitution’s interpretation should also take care of the sanctity of the parliament.