Senate okays surge in Balochistan provincial seats

Sherry questions loyalty of PM aides having dual nationalities

By: News Desk      Published: 11:19 PM, 20 Jul, 2020
Senate okays surge in Balochistan provincial seats
Upper house of the parliament moved against aviation ministry over pilots degree issue.–File photo

The upper house of the parliament Monday approved an increase in provincial assembly seats of Balochistan from 63 to 80.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said this is time to heal the wounds of Balochistan and tribal areas and Imran Khan-led government would ‘do what the previous rulers failed to do’.

The Senate that met with Muhammad Sadiq Sajrani in the chair also adopted a resolution paying tribute to medics for their pivotal part in the war on coronavirus.

The government’s suggestion to send a bill to raise the number of high courts to the committee was opposed and the opposition walked out of the upper house over the remarks of Leader of the House in the Senate Dr Shahzad Wasim on the matter.

The leader of the house said there is a procedure and legislation can’t be done on the consent of opposition.

Sherry Rehman of PPP filed a privilege motion against Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and aviation division over the matter of degrees of pilots.

She said statements of aviation minister and the Civil Aviation Authority during the committee meeting differed and they failed to satisfy the body and no response to the motion was filed by them.

Sherry also questioned the number of PM’s aide and their dual nationalities, saying that as to which capacity they have become cabinet members in such a big number.

She also questioned their loyalty saying how could they be loyal to the state when they took oath for other countries too.

Their clash of interest is clear, she stressed adding that they entered the cabinet ‘through parachute and will go away through parachute’.

Of 15, seven special assistants to the prime minister reportedly were either dual nationals or held another country’s permanent residency.