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Nisar rules out talks with govt on controversial bills

11 December, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Monday ruled out any possibility of talks with the government on bills concerning public office-holders accountability, tax amnesty and issue of dual nationality of the parliamentarians.

Talking to newsmen here at the Parliament House, the opposition leader said the PML-N had closed its doors to talks with the government on accountability, tax amnesty and dual nationality bills.

"All these bills intended to be moved by the government in parliament are against the national interests and against spirit of transparency," he said.Nisar denied any backdoor negotiations with the government on these three bills.

Chaudhry Nisar also questioned the appointment of Salman Faruqui as the Federal Ombudsman saying that giving this assignment to Secretary to the President was tantamount to making a mockery of such an important post.

"It looks intriguing that the government could not find a suitable person for the post of Federal Ombudsman keeping it vacant for four long years," he said, adding that Salman Faruqui was also a controversial personality and was accused in many cases.

He pointed out that appeal against verdicts of Federal Ombudsman could be made only to the President of Pakistan. "It is interesting to note that Salman Faruqui himself will submit appeals to the President against his own decisions," he said.

Nisar also came harsh on the leadership of PML-Q for leveling allegations of rigging in by-elections reminding them that these elections were held under the supervision of an independent election commission which was established by all the political parties unanimously.

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