ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday asked the government to also take the Parliamentary leaders in the Senate into confidence on the under discussion legislation for setting up Military Courts.
In his remarks on a point raised by Senator Usman Khan Kakar that consultation was only carried out with the Parliamentary leaders in National Assembly and nobody from the Senate was invited for consultation.
“If a bill comes, it shall have to be passed by both the Houses. Therefore, you cannot exclude Parliamentary Leaders from the Senate from this consultation process”, the Chairman remarked.
Usman Khan Kakar had drawn the attention of the Chair towards ongoing consultation regarding proposed legislation.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid informed the Upper House that it was preliminary consultation just to have a viewpoint whether any such law could be brought in. Whenever, there will be an opinion to have such a bill, a broad based consultation shall be arranged to evolve consensus.
On his views, the Chairman remarked if any final decision had to be made on this issue, the Senate should not be taken as granted and its Parliamentary Leaders must also be consulted.