The opposition took the ruling party to the task in the Senate on Wednesday over recurrent proclamation of six ordinances, including the one that was connected to the provision of “appealing right” in the high court to convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Senator Mian Raza Rabbani (PPP) lamented that the said Ordinance No 6 was furnished to facilitate an Indian terrorist.
He added that the government through this ordinance, gave a right to the Raw agent to seek review against his conviction by a military court. Rabbani regretted that on one side, the PHC decision of setting aside a military court’s verdict was seized through a stay order but on the other side the government itself was trying to facilitate a terrorist through the ordinance.
Out of six ordinances, one is meant to facilitate a Raw agent, Rabbani alleged
The former chairman of Senate unveiled that he had agreed to vote in support of the military courts (a parallel judicial system) after the ruling elite pulled back his strings and this was also happened when it came to give service extension to an individual. He further said that as per his understanding, now his strings had gone into the hands of the world establishment.
Rabbani claimed that the money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog were a part of the international establishment and the constitutional and fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan were being suppressed by FATF dictates. He regretfully announced that he would expectedly start dancing after being tightened by the ropes and hinted that he was going to vote in favor of the two FATF-related bills contrary to his conscience.
Javed Abbasi (PML-N) lambasted the government for running the operation through ordinances and said that the Constitution had provided the president with limited powers to promulgate ordinances and these powers could only be exercised in case of emergency or when the parliament was not in session. He banged that the government was suffering from “disapproval phobia” and for this reason; the ordinances were not presented especially before the Senate.
No ordinance was promulgated while the parliament was in session, Farogh Naseem claimed
Senator Sherry Rehman (PPP) said the consistent promulgation of ordinances was nothing but disrespect to the democratic process as the government wanted to restrict the role of lawmakers in the parliament.
Senator Sirajul Haq (JI) also said the government did not want the legislation to be made through the parliament and promulgation of ordinances was an evidence of the rulers’ distrust over the Constitution. He added that earlier an Indian pilot Abhi Nandan who got into Pakistan’s airspace with a malicious intention was respectfully returned to the enemy and now efforts were being made to accommodate an Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem while responding to the opposition blames; categorically claimed that no ordinance was promulgated while the parliament was in session. Commenting on the Ordinance 6 he mentioned that it was promulgated in the light of the ICJ’s judgment and said that unlike US, Pakistan was not in a position to decline the judgment of ICJ. He concluded that FATF’s requirements and conditions were applicable to all countries as it reviewed their anti-money laundering laws.