Islamabad (September 26, 2018): Ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are at odds over Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship.
According to the details, PML-N wanted to get the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee, whereas the federal government mulling to appoint PAC chairman from the treasury benches.PAC is the apex parliamentary watchdog that oversees the audit of revenue and expenditure by the government.
Federal govt has decided to appoint PAC chairman from the treasury benches whereas traditionally, this post has been held by the opposition.
Federal minister of information and broadcast Fawad Chaudhry, while raising objections on the appointment of opposition leader—has made it clear that PML-N couldn’t review audit objections raised during their tenure. “Under the charter of democracy signed between PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the opposition leader is awarded chairmanship of PAC”, revealed Fawad.
PML-N president and opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif claimed PAC chairmanship is predominantly the prerogative of the opposition.Responding to a question whether he would be the chairman of PAC, Shehbaz Sharif replied that it is custom that opposition leader enjoys PAC chairmanship. He said, “If Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) takes u-turn on it then I would avoid saying anything”.
Shehbaz inquired why federal govt feels intimidated by the effective role of opposition. He warned govt against subjugating opposition on the issue.
“PAC chairman will be appointed as per traditions of the NA, not through browbeat”, cleared PML-N president.