The legislation of the joint session “worse than martial law”
The joint opposition on Thursday denounced the government for bulldozing more than three dozen bills during the joint session of parliament, calling the move “worse than martial law” and also expressed hope that the Courts would now maintain the Constitution in accordance with opposition goals. dispute invoices.
The leaders of the opposition parties said so at a joint press conference here in Parliament.
PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said it was the “darkest day” in the history of parliament, adding that there had been no precedent during the days of the dictators. In Wednesday’s joint session of parliament, a record 33 bills were passed in a single day, including controversial bills related to the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the Court international justice. Among the bills passed, the most important were the amendments to the Election Law of 2017, allowing the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and giving Pakistanis abroad the right to vote in general elections. The PML-N leader expressed hope that the courts will now uphold the constitution in line with the opposition’s goals of challenging bills in the courts. Earlier, the opposition parties decided to challenge the approved legislation in the Supreme Court.
He reminded the government that it is not his prerogative to bulldoze bills in the House, as he is not the only player in the elections.
“The Election Commission is a major actor, it is responsible for the holding of free and fair elections,” he said, adding that by adopting the laws, the government had laid the groundwork for rigging during the elections. next elections. Iqbal, shedding light on EVMs, said they are vulnerable to rigging even if they don’t work online. “The machines will operate under government supervision, they can be tampered with.”
The PML-N chief also claimed that the machines could affect voter secrecy and that the government had already categorically bypassed the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) and the Senate.
He also warned the ECP that it would be going against its duty to hold free and fair elections in the country if it came under pressure from the government. It should be remembered here that the government ministers had made several allegations against the organization, but then apologized.
The PML-N leader said any law passed without consultation was not acceptable to the opposition.
Speaking on the occasion, Senator Sherry Rehman of the PPP said that the events in the assembly were not even observed during “the era of Musharraf, it was worse than martial law “.
The PPP lawmaker said the government had “trampled” democracy in parliament by passing the bills by an “artificial majority”. “We will challenge these bills in every forum possible,” she said. Former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi suggested a constitutional amendment be made to apply Article 6 of the Constitution – which deals with treason – to anyone found to be “stealing elections” .
The PML-N leader made the remarks in reference to a controversial electoral reform bill passed in the joint session of parliament a day ago, which paved the way for the use of electronic voting machines. (MVE) in the next elections. The legislation was strongly rejected by the opposition, who alleged the government was trying to rig the elections using electronic machines, according to a press report. Speaking to the media in Karachi, Abbasi said that “the elections are [often] flown here and the only way to ensure free and fair elections in Pakistan is to make a constitutional amendment. He accused the government of attempting to bring Pakistan’s Election Commission under its control by passing the EVM bill. He said electronic voting machines have failed all over the world, while in Pakistan the government was adamant about wasting public money on such experiments. “The electoral process in Pakistan is not controversial, but the machinery for organizing the polls is. But, we are even now making the electoral process tainted, ”he added. He recalled that the President of the National Assembly had sent a letter to the opposition parties seeking the consensus of all political parties for the adoption of bills in parliament.
“We accepted it and said that the so-called electoral reform bills should also be sent to the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms given the practice of the past. But the speaker did not answer us on this subject, ”Abbasi moaned.