No production orders for corrupt, PM insists

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

Islamabad

Despite speaker request, Prime Minister Imran Khan is still not in favour of issuing the production orders of those arrested parliamentarians who are involved in corruption and money laundering.

Sources told Daily Morning Mail that National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday at PM office and discussed the parliamentary affairs and upcoming session of lower house, that will be held in the last week of July.

According to Sources, the Speaker told Prime Minister that he wanted to issue the production orders of Asif Ali Zardari, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sana ullah and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to run the house smoothly. The Speaker was not in favour to issue the production orders of the Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar as both were involved in crimes against state.

PM told Qaiser that his point of view was very much clear but as speaker he could take any decision to issue the production orders but, adding that, those who looted the country, made money through the money laundering and corruption should not be called in the parliament, sources said.

On the other hand, according to PM office spokesman, the Speaker briefed the Prime Minister about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Asia Regional Conference being held in Islamabad from 29th July, 2019.

He apprised that the Conference would be an apt opportunity to discuss and suggest way forward for inclusion of women and youth in national development besides, envisioning parliamentary path towards a diverse and developed south Asia.

Briefing the Prime Minister about austerity measures, the Speaker informed that budget of the National Assembly for the year 2019-20 was the lowest in national history. He informed that National Assembly after clearing liabilities of Rs.293.913 million of previous years had saved Rs.638.698 million from the budgetary grant of fiscal year 2018-19 and surrendered to the National exchequer.

The Prime Minster appreciated the austerity measures adopted by the National Assembly resulting in huge saving without compromising service delivery and performance. The Prime Minister said that the country was faced with economic challenges and adopting austerity measures will result in saving of national resources. The Prime Minister also appreciated the holding of CPA Conference and termed it a way forward for brining participant countries and their Parliaments closer.