ISLAMABAD: Despite the superior court’s orders, the authorities have yet not taken any action against the 2000 protesters who are staging a sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange here for over two weeks now.
Authorities are reluctant because they fear a backlash from the millions of madrassah students all over the country.
In order to handle the situation, a six-member committee (comprising of clerics belonging to Barelvi sect) has been formed.
The committee is expected to talk to the leaders of Tehreek-e-Labbaik today in order to persuade them to call-off the sit in.
It is pertinent to mention here that the resultant blockade of road has made life of millions of people living in Rawalpindi and Islamabad difficult.
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President removes Justice Shaukat as IHC judge
ISLAMABAD: According to a notification issued by the law ministry, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has removed Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as a judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
President was acting according to Supreme Judicial Council (SJC)’s recommendation apropos his removal. It is pertinent to mention here that SJC has found the removed Justice guilty of misconduct over a speech.
Removal notification reads: “Consequent upon proceedings under article 209(5) and recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan under article 209 (6) read with article 48 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, the President has been pleased to remove Mr. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Judge, Islamabad High Court from his office with immediate effect.”
In the speech, delivered before the Rawalpindi District Bar Association, he insinuated that judicial proceedings were being manipulated by the personnel of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Furthermore, without providing any evidence, he had claimed that ISI had approached IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi to inform that the spooks did not want to let Nawaz and his daughter come out of prison until elections.
Removed justice also alleged that ISI had asked the CJ not to include Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the bench that was hearing Sharif’s appeals.
Senate organizes workshops on procedures
ISLAMABAD: To cope with the overwhelming needs of the contemporary parliamentary procedures, the Senate Secretariat, in collaboration with UNDP here on Tuesday organized a two-day workshop for members of the Senate focusing on some key aspects of parliamentary business, rules and other important areas.
The inaugural day of the workshop gave the members insight from one of the most experienced Senators, Senator Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on Parliamentary customs, conventions, and privileges and from Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik about the role and evolution of the Senate of Pakistan, said in statement issued by Senate Secretariat.
Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik observed that Parliaments are pillars of democratic governance and as such, a pivot in increasing state capability, accountability and responsiveness.
Highlighting the aims and objectives of the workshop, he said that the initiative is aimed at augmenting Members’ understanding of their constitutional role and powers, as well as working of the Parliament to enable them to contribute to making a difference. He termed it a unique opportunity, especially for newly-elected members, to learn first-hand, the functions of Parliament, particularly the Senate and also Members’ roles in processing legislation, conducting oversight and their responsibilities as representatives of the people and provinces in the Upper House.
The Secretary Senate highlighted the significance of the workshop and said that present-day parliamentarians need to keep themselves abreast of the provisions of rules, conventions, and practices to contribute more effectively and efficiently to parliamentary proceedings and functions, from plenary debates to legislation and from committees’ work and oversight to public outreach by engaging civil society, media, and public at large.
He said that legislation enacted by the parliamentarians defines shapes and drives every action of the executive within set legal parameters. He called upon the Members to pay special focus on the essence of the legislation. “A dedicated service exists in the Senate Secretariat in the form of Legislative Drafting Unit for you in matters related to drafting” the Secretary Senate informed.
He said that the Senate keeps the federation intact by not only giving equal representation but also a voice to the federating units in matters of both national and international importance. He said that capacity building and training is one of our high-priority strategic objectives. He hoped that the collective, diverse, professional insight offered by our resource persons will expose participants to a rich learning environment and contribute to institutional efficiency.
During the briefings and the interactive sessions opined that the primary role of a Parliamentarian is legislation but the implementation of that legislation is an equally important part of the process.
While carrying out new legislation to keep dynamic societies running, it is also important to keep reviewing the previous laws and reviewing, amending and repealing as the society progresses with the passage of time.
The members were briefed about how they can make effective use of the Legislative Drafting Unit to come up with good legislation and have proper homework on their work.
Senator Tahir Mashhadi observed that Senate throughout the world is the House of second thought on the legislation of the Lower House. He said that as members of the House of the Federation, they have to be the voice of the voiceless and ensure that provinces’ rights are protected. He also remarked that the privileges of members are always because of the sanctity of the House and similarly the disrespect caused to any member is undermining the dignity of the House.
The members made a number of observations regarding their expectations from the Secretariat in drafting their business for the House and their performance in the Committees.
The Secretariat ensured of their all-out support to the members in carrying out their responsibilities as legislators.
The workshop will continue on Wednesday with sessions about Committees, media management, legislative drafting unit.
ICT purposes four mini-hospitals in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has prepared a proposal for four mini-hospitals in the city to reduce the burden on existing hospitals.
The formal proposal will be forwarded to Ministry of Interior which will take up the matter with the relevant stakeholders for further assistance, the official sources told APP on Wednesday.
These projects have been proposed at Silaha, Rawat, Bhara Kahu, and Tarnol to reduce the load on existing hospitals in the federal capital.
He said health centers in rural areas would also be upgraded and compulsory rotation of doctors from big hospital to rural health centers would be ensured to provide better health services to the people of these areas.
Due to the absence of healthcare facilities in the remote areas, the two major public hospitals in urban Islamabad remain over-burdened and fail to cater to patients’ needs because of infrastructure, shortage of staff and financial constraints.
About the existing 14 basic health units and three Rural Health Centers in the Capital for around 133 villages in the rural territory, the sources said and added that these health units had also lack of basic infrastructure and staff to run the routine affairs properly.
He agreed that people living in rural areas were not being provided adequate health facilities. Budget constraints and a shortage of manpower prevented the health department from coming up to the expectation of the people, he said and added that government would be requested for a special grant for ICT health department besides establishing these four mini-hospitals.
He said that Islamabad General Hospital was planned earlier but this project also faced scarcity of funds. He hoped this venture of ICT will be implemented after getting approval from the concerned quarters.