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Opposition should play its due role in enactment of legislation: National Assembly Speaker –

January 11, 2019

Islamabad, January 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): Former Leader of the Opposition and MNA Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah called on Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser at Speaker House on Friday. Formation of Standing Committees, Legislation and matters regarding other Parliamentary Affairs were discussed during the meeting.

The Speaker said that it is the joint responsibility of both the Government and Opposition for making environment of the National Assembly favourable and maintaining its dignity. We have to uphold Parliamentary norms, mutual respect and tolerance for each other for the smooth functioning of Parliament, he added.

He said that criticism is the right of the Opposition however it should be for betterment and not just to criticize. He stressed the need for joint efforts to overcome the challenges confronting to the country at present. He said that Opposition has to play positive role in resolving National Issues through Parliament.

Speaker appreciated the role of opposition in making environment of the House more friendly and peaceful. He further said that Parliamentary Committees are important organ of the Parliament and without their formation enactment of Legislation was not possible. He said that formation of Parliamentary Committees was his foremost priority and he was in contact with members of government and opposition parties to resolve this matter as soon as possible. He expressed the hope that matter pertaining to formation of Parliamentary Committees would be resolved through mutual consensus in the upcoming session of the National Assembly.

Asad Qaiser said that law making is the prime responsibility of the Parliament and through effective legislation we can solve public issues and can increase the dignity of Parliament. He stressed upon the members of opposition to actively took part in legislation as well as to give their suggestions for its improvement. He said that presence of members in Parliament reflects their seriousness in the proceedings of the House. He asked the members of the opposition to ensure their presence during the proceedings of the House as to run its business effectively.

Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah appreciated the neutral role of the Speaker in the Assembly and assured full support of his party in the formation of Standing Committees. He also appreciated Speaker’s role in resolving the issue of Public Accounts Committee and making efforts for early formation of other Standing Committees and expressed the hope that the task of formation of Standing Committees will soon be completed with mutual consensus. He stressed upon the cooperation between government and opposition for smooth legislation.

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National Assembly of Pakistan
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National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
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