ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naik has decided to review the decision with regard to appointment of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri as Opposition leader in the Senate, besides deciding to consult legal and constitutional experts on the burning issue.
The Chairman Senate has also requested the Political Parties to avoid Playing Politics on this issue. On Wednesday, when the senate session met under the chairmanship of Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naik, Senator Abdul Rahim Mandokhel took up the issue with regard to appointment of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri as Opposition leader in the Senate.
The Chairman after consultation with senators decided to hold debate on the issue and asked Opposition leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri and Senator Ishaq Dar to nominate legal and constitutional experts for the debate. JUI-F Senator Haji Gulam Ali said that those who oppose appointment of Opposition leader in the Senate are actually wasting time of house.
Dubbing the opponent senators as remnants of dictatorship, he said, they are trying to harm democracy. PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar said that we do not want to indulge in blame game but the appointment of Opposition leader in the Senate was a constitutional and legal issue. Dissident Senator of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Javed Ali Shah blamed that the unwise decision of Chairman Senate to appoint Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri as Opposition leader in the Senate has also made Chairman Senate as controversial.
The decision to appoint Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri as Opposition leader in the Senate was also against the Parliamentary norms. Chairman Senate, he said, is being misguided by his immature colleagues. MQM Senator Babar Ghouri advised Chairman Senate to setup a committee to resolve the issue.
Opposition leader in the Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri said that the decision of Chairman Senate to appoint him as Opposition leader was based on fact and rules and regulation. If anyone has reservation then they should adopt democratic way, he said. Commenting on statement made by Iranian President, he said, now it has become clear that US is keen to take over our nuclear arsenal. -Online