Ruling coalition vows to uphold supremacy of parliament
17 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Heads of allied parties on Saturday reiterated resolve to uphold supremacy of parliament envisaged in the constitution.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani jointly chaired a meeting of heads of allied parties held at the Presidency.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Mushahid Hussain; Awami National Party leaders Haji Adeel and Zahid Khan; Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Babar Khan Ghauri and Haider Abbas Rizvi; and FATA leaders Abbas Khan Afridi and Munir Khan Orakzai attended the meeting. PPP leaders Khursheed Shah, Senator Farook H Naek and Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting.
President's spokesman Farhatullah Khan Babar said the meeting praised the resolution passed by parliament endorsing decision of the National Assembly's speaker against sending reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan under Article 63(2) of the constitution for the disqualification of the PM. He said the meeting was of the opinion that the speaker represented the dignity of the House.
The spokesman said that the meeting called for an expeditious and impartial inquiry into the case involving Malik Riaz and Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. The meeting rejected notions of any conspiracy involving the government in the case and termed such reports baseless.