Govt not serious in contesting Kishanganga at PCA: PML-N
23 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday condemned the government over its "non-seriousness" in the Kishanganga case in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague.
Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, PML-N's Naseer Ahmed Bhutta took the government to task, saying it was not serious in contesting the Kishanganga case with India at the PCA.
"The government never showed seriousness in contesting the case, which was a matter of life and death for the country," he observed, adding that the government's silence could not be ignored.
Bhutta said the government did not even take the nation into confidence over the issue.
Chairperson Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry, however, expressed the hope that the government would bring a detailed report in the House on Monday to apprise the nation about the facts.
Sensing lack of treasury members required for passage of the bill, the government proposed deferment of the DHA Bill, 2013, which would now be taken up on Monday.
Meanwhile, PML-Q's Kashmala Tariq lashed out at the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairman, Riaz Fatyana, for siding with PTV MD Yousuf Baig Mirza in a legal battle with his former wife, TV star Aisha Sana.
The MQM walked out of the House to record its protest over the Sindh government's repealing of Sindh Local Government Act. Syed Asif Husnain termed the provincial government's act as undemocratic.
Abdul Qadir Baloch, meanwhile, criticised the government for handing over Gwadar Port to China without consulting the Council of Common Interests and the provincial government.