PPP MPs can’t move individual bills

June 5th, 2008 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that leads the country’s ruling coalition has barred its parliamentarians from individually moving constitutional amendments or other bills in either the National Assembly or the Senate. “Before tabling a legislative bill or an amendment either in the National Assembly or the Senate, a member will have to get it approved from the party’s legislative committee,” The News Thursday quoted a PPP parliamentarian as saying.

The ban came into effect after PPP member Abdul Sattar Khan submitted a bill in the National Assembly in his personal capacity seeking abolition of the National Security Council (NSC).

The bar was conveyed to the MPs at a meeting of the PPP’s parliamentary party ahead of the parliament session that began Monday.

Hitherto, members from both the treasury and the opposition have been submitting bills on the private members’ day in the National Assembly Tuesday and in the Senate Monday.

“The PPP members have now been deprived of their right to table the legislation before parliament on private members’ day,” The News quoted the MP as saying.

“We are not opposed to moving the bills on private members’ day but members have been asked to submit these for vetting from the legislative committee headed by Law Minister Farooq Naek,” PPP adviser on parliamentary affairs Izhar Amrohvi said.

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