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PTI Rejects Speaker-Constituted NA’s Ethics Committee

Islamabad (August 8, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday rejected the recently constituted National Assembly’s ethics committee to look into harassment allegations against the lawmakers

The PTI while rejecting the committee said that the biased committee which comprised on political opponents can’t do justice.

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In a letter written to Speaker National Assembly Sardar Aayaz Sadiq, PTI MNA Shireen Mazari said that the party rejected the formation of a committee that would comprise parliamentarians — a majority of whom belong to the government benches — as a body involving its political opponents has “no credibility”.

She added that political opponents cannot be accusers, judge and jury.

Saying that PTI stands by its commitment to a neutral inquiry into allegations of harassment levelled against its chief Imran Khan by MNA Ayesha Gulalai, the party instead proposed that the parliament appoint an independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards office, as done by the “mother of all parliaments”, the British Parliament.

According to Mazari’s letter, the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards deals with the application of the code of conduct and related rules that apply to the members of parliament.

The committee would be a permanent feature of the National Assembly and apart from Gulalai’s case, it would also take up other matters of a similarly sensitive nature.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday opposed the formation of the proposed ethics committee. Calling it an “illogical move”, Khan had said that an independent panel should be formed to first ascertain whether such cases were genuine or not.

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