No room for acting PM in constitution: Speaker NA

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Thursday said that there is no room for appointment of acting prime minister in the country as the constitution has no such provision.

He said while talking to parliamentary reporters of Islamabad and Punjab Assembly no suggestion is being contemplated to appoint alternate person as prime minister of the country.

No leader of PML-N including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar or Speaker Ayaz Sadiq have any desire to become prime minister of the country as the incumbent Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was our consensus leader. There is no such consideration in the ruling party PML-N about appointing the alternate of the prime minister.

He said constitution of the country has no provision about the appointment of deputy premier. Former Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had been appointed as deputy prime minister through an executive order.

Regarding drone attacks, he said no country would be allowed to carry out drone attacks on its territory. Think about the reaction of the US if Pakistan resorted to drone attack on their territory. The issue should be raised at diplomatic level besides raising the issue in the parliament.

Drone attacks have no justification, he said adding that Mullah Mansour should had been hit when he was 400 km inside Iranian territory.

Responding to a question regarding chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, he said Sheikh would remain angry, adding that the fall of fourth wicket of PML-N was not imminent.

Narrating an event of his student life, he said he had hit a fellow with stick while playing hockey erroneously, which still haunts the friend.

He had already talked to advisor Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz for arranging a detailed briefing to the joint sitting of National Assembly standing committees on foreign affairs and defence about the implications of drone attacks.

Responding to a question, he said Parliamentary Committee on ToRs members were serious in resolving the issue of framing Terms of Reference (ToRs) to probe Panama papers issue. However he observed that the framing of ToRs must not become a matter of ego for any member of the committee as it could arise problems.

The Calling Attention Notices moved in the National Assembly regarding the drone attack in Balochistan last month would be looked into the meetings of standing committees on foreign affairs and defence.-APP