MNAs to take up Geo Super, Aag ban issues in NA
Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly in its inaugural session of the fourth parliamentary year on Monday (today) will accord approval to the constitution of the Human Rights Commission in accordance with the global values of human rights protection.
The perks and allowances for the former heads of princely states who annexed their states with Pakistan would be enhanced by the National Assembly.
Well-placed parliamentary sources told The News here on Sunday that the National Assembly will also entertain a resolution for discussion about the presidential address to the joint sitting of the two houses of parliament that he made on the 22nd of last month.
The sources said that all parliamentary groups have planned to agitate the issue of the banning of Geo Super and Aag channels belonging to the Geo Group terming it a brutal act against media freedom.
The major opposition Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has already submitted an adjournment motion to the speaker’s secretariat to discuss the ban since it is an act detrimental to media freedom in the country. Leader of the opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has decided to agitate the matter on the floor of the House while some groups and members of the ruling alliance have also expressed their concern about the curbs on the channels belonging to the independent media.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the major component of the ruling alliance, will also support the move to discuss the banning of Geo Super and Aag. A number of other adjournment motions are also pending with the speaker’s chamber. The price rise in petroleum products would be yet another burning topic that would generate heat in the House, the sources said.
The National Assembly will remain in session till the 29th of this month. The speaker has issued orders for summoning former federal minister Allama Hamid Saeed Kazmi who is implicated in the Haj scam and is behind bars these days. The interior ministry has made arrangements for bringing him to the House today, the sources said.
Source: The News