President rules out possibility of online parliamentary session

Sandra Loyd

— States nation has actually not just been ‘raped but gang-raped’ by mafias

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of holding an online session of the parliament and stated that a session can be accepted social distancing procedures in location.

He stated this in an interview with a private tv channel.

When asked if the rules of treatment might permit holding an online session, the president stated that rules can be altered. He stated that he is personally in favour of digitisation and remembered that when he was a member of the lower house, he had actually proposed the digitisation of parliament in order to offer all members access to files connected to legislation and other matters.

When inquired about Taraweeh prayer throughout the holy month of Ramzan, the president stated that in spite of the 20- point contract reached with the spiritual scholars, he would advise individuals to provide prayers at home for their own safety.

President Alvi has actually described the 20- point formula concurred upon with the nation’s spiritual scholars to open the mosques amidst the coronavirus pandemic as an agreement of the Muslim neighborhood in Pakistan. He stated that the contract with the spiritual scholars was Ijma-e-Ummat [consensus of the Muslim community] which its offense would “be categorised as a sin”.

Concerning his current conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan and the questions report on Independent Power Producers (IPPs), he stated that report was unilateral and did not consist of input of stakeholders. He added that he had actually encouraged the prime minister to work with business of international prominence for forensic audit of the report and to likewise look for legal guidance prior to continuing versus those associated with corruption.

The president stated that as the IPPs were developed as a result of the energy policies and arrangements reached in 1994, 2002 and 2014, the federal government would need to handle the problem thoroughly keeping in view the past experiences such as the Reko Diq.

He stated that if the forensic audit confirmed the questions report on IPPs, it would assist the federal government in continuing versus the business associated with actions beyond the contract along with producing a chance for renegotiation on conditions and terms of the arrangements with them.

“I have read the investigative report on power companies,” stated the president, describing a probe into corruption in the power sector, which has actually been supposedly sustaining a loss of Rs1 billion daily.

He stated that the method mafias robbed the nation was “not rape but gang-rape”.

Reacting to a concern about the questions report on sugar and wheat lack, and the supposed participation of some political figures, the president stated that as far as he understands PM Imran, he has a strong will to handle such scenarios.

About the human rights circumstance in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and the ceasefire offenses along the Line of Control (LoC), President Alvi stated that the Indian forces were targeting innocent civilians. He condemned the Indian atrocities versus innocent Kashmiris in IOK and stated that as individuals of IOK had actually been separated and locked considering that August 5, 2019 the world must take notification of the circumstance.

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