Audit of SC accounts: 'Parliament should determine who enjoys immunity'
31 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal on Wednesday said that the parliament should determine who enjoys immunity when it comes to audit of accounts.
Speaking on a point of order in the Lower House, he said that if anybody or institution enjoyed such a facility, "amendments should be brought in the constitution, if necessary".
The PAC chief said that a stay order had been issued in the registrar's case, exempting him from appearing before the committee. He also deplored that even the national media was silent over the registrar's alleged possession of plots in Bahria Town. He had earlier invited Opposition Leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to start the debate on the Supreme Court registrar's refusal to appear before the committee for the audit of apex court's accounts.
"The parliament should conduct this debate on the SC registrar who is pretending to be the fifth pillar of the state by not coming to the PAC," Gondal remarked.
He said that the parliament should act in this regard to determine which institution was not bound to present audit to the committee. Earlier, the atmosphere of the House remained lacklustre, despite the presence of a huge number of members of the assembly who had turned up for a photo session earlier in the day.
Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, who chaired the proceedings after a long time following her recovery from illness, termed the almost completion of the present government a historic achievement and gave its credit to all the members.
JUI-F again walked out from the session against the governor's rule in Balochistan, which received a sharp criticism from Usman Khan Advocate from Balochistan. He lashed out at the JUI-F members, saying that they walk out from the session because their ministers in the province were no longer allowed to continue corrupt practices.