Backdoor contacts: PTI allies, Opp agree to oppose govt bills
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Backdoor contacts between the parties, part of the coalition government at the Centre, and the opposition have been restored as both of them are reportedly on the same page when it comes to blocking the passage of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government bills at the joint session of parliament to be held the day after tomorrow (Wednesday, November 17) reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.
Sources told 24News that members of both the opposition and coalition parties were determined to oppose the government bills relating to electronic voting machines (EVMs), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and electoral reforms.
The steering committee of the joint opposition in the parliament had written a retort letter to the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser yesterday (Sunday) in which it demanded legislation with consensus and consultation.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the committee members met yesterday and discussed the contents of the letter written by the NA speaker to Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in detail.
A reply to the speaker’s letter was written at the meeting in which he was informed about the correct method of legislation in the joint sitting of Parliament.
The opposition said in the letter that the government had not followed the procedure laid down for legislation on 21 drafts of the proposed bills.
The letter proposed to the Speaker that the parliamentary committee already formed by him of both the Houses of Parliament to consider the entire package of electoral reforms should prepare a package of electoral reforms including Elections (Amendment) Bills 2021 by consensus.
The opposition in its letter further proposed that the said parliamentary committee should review and approve the election reforms unanimously.
The letter suggested to the Speaker to form a parliamentary committee for legislation on the basis of the committee formed on July 25, 2014, to deal with the legal matters.
The letter said the bills that were passed by NA but not the Senate and have been referred to the joint parliament should be considered in the legislative committee.
Reporter: Awais Kiani