PML-N, PTI had agreed to unconditionally pass Army Act in both houses: Bilawal
January 4, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that when he landed in Islamabad, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had agreed to unconditionally pass the Army Act in both houses on Friday, ignoring parliamentary procedure and not even circulating the bill to all members or sending the legislation for committee oversight. In a series of tweets on Saturday, he said that he was pleased all parties have now agreed that the bill will go back to NA committee, will also be reviewed by Senate committee and follow procedure of both houses. “This is positive that parliament that has been dormant for over a year is ready to legislate.” The PPP chairman said that all institutions that derive powers from the parliament have asked him to pass legislation and accepted parliamentary supremacy. “These are important victories for those who have always battled for parliamentary supremacy and democracy,” he maintained. On Friday, the National Assembly (NA) and Senate’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence had approved the three bills pertaining to amendments to the Army Act, the Navy Act and the Air Force Act. Earlier, three bills Pakistan Army Act Amendment bill, Pakistan Air Force Act Amendment bill and Pakistan Navy Act Amendment bill were presented in the NA. The bills were tabled by Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak. The National Assembly and Senate’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence called for a consultation on the proposed amendment bill to Army Act will be held in the Parliament House shortly. After approval from the National Assembly, the bill will be presented in the Senate and is likely to be approved from both the houses as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced unconditional support to the amendment.