Senior Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says the resolution passed by the Senate was a ‘person-specific’ move that was made at the behest of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. The resolution states that a person who is not eligible to become a member of the Parliament or has been disqualified cannot lead any political party
“The Senate only approved this resolution on one person’s [Asif Zardari] behest,” the provincial law minister said. Sanaullah insisted that the reason that the resolution was passed was Zardari’s wish to refute the allegations of a backdoor deal with PML-N, adding that the resolution holds no more than ‘recommendatory value’. “The very same Senate accepted the Elections Bill 2017, and it can’t now pass a resolution that negates the Elections Act 2017,” Sanaullah said.
Responding to a question if both, the ruling party and opposition had turned democracy and Parliament into a joke, Sanaullah denied PML-N’s non-serious behaviour in this regard, insisting that the Elections Bill 2017 had stayed in the standing committee for weeks before it was moved to the National Assembly, from where it was forwarded to the Senate and eventually approved. He questioned the opposition’s sudden ‘alertness,’ insisting that he fails to understand how members of the opposition failed to notice the bill all the while it passed through its due course. Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Senator Taj Haider, however, defended his party.—APP