Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rasheed on Friday said that police ought to implement arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan issued by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in a case relating to an attack on the state television channel building and torture to police personnel.
Talking to media persons after attending a meeting of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights, he said that no parliamentarian enjoys immunity from prosecution. According to him,’the champion of justice’ Imran Khan is likely’ to appear in court. The information minister said that Imran had instigated people to attack the state institutions and then forgot about it. “We can provide a CD of his speech if he wants,” he said.
He said that Imran Khan and his party had filed cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others. To a question about the Prime Minister’s visit to the UK, he said that Prime Minister did not stay in any hotel; he, in fact, stayed at his son’s residence during his visit to London.
Earlier, the Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights on Friday rejected a private member’s bill seeking the removal of a bar on dual nationals to contest national or provincial assembly elections. The committee, which met under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk at Parliament House, also termed it against the national interest.
Justice Muhammad Raza Khan Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice said that the government is considering banning dual nationals in civil services while armed forces have already banned the recruitment of dual nationals; therefore it must be opposed. All the members of the committee except the mover of the bill, MNA Iqbal Qadri of MQM, opposed the bill.
The committee also expressed anger over growing human rights violations across the country and added that the Human Rights Commission did nothing practically. They also said the performance of Human Rights Commission is zero and stressed the need for effective measures to check it.
The committee considered the (Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by S A. Iqbal Qadri. He explained that the Bill seeks to amend Article 63 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan so as to lift the bar on contesting the election to the Parliament or a provincial assembly for those persons who acquire citizenship of a foreign state. “Pakistan is receiving huge foreign remittances from overseas Pakistanis but so far they are not allowed to take part in election,” he argued.
The representatives of Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights briefed the committee regarding the historical perspective, key functions, administrative structure, budgetary position and projects, Pakistan’s international commitments, proposed legislations, commissions, achievements and future plans of the human rights wing of the ministry. The committee deferred the briefing and directed the ministry to point out all those laws in the provinces and the Islamabad Capital Territory that violate the basic human rights covered under Articles 8 and 28 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The committee also directed the Minister of law and justice to provide a list of all the reports submitted to the cabinet regarding Pakistan’s progress in the implementation of International Human Rights Conventions and the incidents of human rights violations. The committee further directed the ministry to come up with a draft legislation, if required, on such issues which are in the scope of committee.
The committee passed the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Pakistan Bar Council has proposed amendments to sections 41 and 54 of the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973 to further regulate the disciplinary proceedings in the cases of grave professional misconduct and prescribe the period for expeditious disposal of complaints.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT