ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that laws were being passed by breaching parliamentary rules in the country.
“Legislation is not done in an independent environment. The right to express difference of opinion is not permitted in the parliament,” Bilawal Zardari said while addressing a press conference after a multi-party meeting in Islamabad.
He said rights of every segment of society were snatched. We had rendered innumerable sacrifices now it was time to pay back, he said. He said those who called Bhutto a traitor now call him a martyr.
“Those who were selected have also resorted to the slogan of revolution. Character assassination of opposition members is being done by the government. Media is gagged,” he said.
Bilawal said the PPP was treated badly for rehabilitating the constitution.
On Sept 16, the Joint sitting of the Parliament passed three bills to meet the requirements of Financial Action Task Force to bring the country out of its grey list.
The bills moved by Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, include: “The Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill” and “The Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020”, while “The Anti-Terrorism (Third Amendment) Bill, 2020 was tabled by Faheem Khan.
According to the statement of subjects and reasons, “The Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill, 2020” is aimed at proper management, supervision, and administration of Waqf properties in the territorial limits of Islamabad Capital Territory.
“The Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020” is aimed at streamlining the existing anti money laundering law in line with international standards prescribed by FATF.
It reflects government’s firm resolve to strengthen its Anti-Money Laundering regime.
“The Anti-Terrorism (Third Amendment) Bill, 2020” is essential to address the issue of terror financing, one of the major obstacles which is not only playing a degrading role against the development of the country but also imbuing such elements with the financial means which are an ultimate threat to the internal and external peace of the country.
The opposition had walked out of the House while the bill was being presented for denying inclusion of clauses proposed by them.