Only parliament has right to legislate: Kaira
03 February, 2013
LALA MUSA: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said that the right to legislate rested with public representatives and nobody had a right to interfere in it.
Talking to the media, he said that only the parliament reflected the will of the people and enacting laws – under which the superior judiciary takes decisions – was its prerogative. He said that democracy was not possible without an independent judiciary; however, the parliamentary system was panacea for the country's problems, and without it the system could not survive.
He said that the people had entrusted the right to govern to the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and it was not logical to say that only a few hundred were imposing their will on the country. Kaira said no other institution was the representatives of public, so all state institutions would have to respect the parliament, which was the supreme institution. He said that the PPP respected the judiciary and expected all institutions to respect public representatives.
The minister said that he was in favour of holding elections of provincial assemblies and the National Assembly on the same day, as it would save time and money. On a statement by opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar, in which he had shown apprehensions that consensus was unlikely on caretaker set-up, Kaira said Nisar was too aggressive.
"The stakeholders will evolve consensus on establishing the caretaker government." He said that former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, contending that his stance regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities was constitutional and legal.