Defence Minister Khwaja Asif Tuesday said that each institution of the state preserved its dignity and the people associated with it. He said that the people voted in favor of democracy on 11th May 2013, adding now the masses wants to see democracy progressing. Meanwhile Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Parvez Rashid has said that the perception of no confidence by masses on the parliament is given by the non-democratic forces. He said that the people have full confidence on the parliament, adding that the perception of no confidence of masses on parliament should not be given. Meanwhile the National Assembly adopted a motion authorizing the Speaker to constitute a ten-member committee belonging to major political parties to investigate the allegation of non-payment of taxes by number of Parliamentarians and present report within 90 days.
Addressing on the floor of the National Assembly Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the parliament is the most stable and powerful decision-making body in democracy.
Like in the past the impression should not be made that the parliament is not a respectable institution, he stressed. He said that there is a need to change this tradition.
Whenever democracy was overthrown it is our fellow politicians who supported the powerful force to cut the other politicians to size, he lamented.
Asif said the war of words between the government and the opposition should also have some code of conduct.
He said the Parliament is the supreme organ of the state and all other institutions are accountable to it.
Khawaja Asif said Parliament is the supreme institution and it is our collective responsibility not to belittle it. He said there should be accountability of the Parliamentarians but this should be done under a certain framework.
The Minister reminded that people of Pakistan fully participated in the general elections last year which demonstrates that they have full confidence in the Parliament and want further strengthening of democracy. He said that all the institutions defend themselves and the Parliamentarians should also follow the suit.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the people of the country accord respect to the Parliament and its decisions. He said the impression that the people have lost confidence in the Parliament is wrong and such an impression often comes from the undemocratic forces. He said that the masses always respect the decisions of the parliament and accept these decisions. He said that the masses along with politicians struggled for the protection of the constitution.
Earlier, speaking on the motion, the members emphasized the need for enhancing the tax to GDP ratio for bringing improvement in education and health sectors as well as alleviation of poverty. They said that the Parliamentarians should declare their assets.
Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan said tax collection cannot be improved unless the politicians themselves set the example. PTI MNA Asad Umar said his motion for holding debate on taxes paid by the parliaments should be held. He said that the fingers are being pointed out at the parliamentarians, adding that the masses would not rely on the verbal statements.
The National Assembly was informed that a mechanism is being evolved for the removal of 25 illegal Katchi Abadies from the Federal Capital territory.
Responding to a call attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the Capital Development Authority recognizes ten slum areas. Five of these have been upgraded with provision of basic facilities including gas, electricity and sewerage system. He said the remaining five Katchi Abadies will also be upgraded soon.
Meanwhile various bills were introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
These are The Representation of the People Amendment Bill, 2014 (Amendment in Section 103AA), The Representation of the People Amendment Bill (Amendments in Sections 2, 24, 30, 33, 38 and 39, insertion of section 24-A and omission of sections 34, 35, 36 and 37), The National Air Transportation Safety Board Bill, The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, The Acid and Burn Crime Bill and The Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Bill. The chair referred the bills to the standing committees concerned.