Speaker met Ayaz Sadiq-Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah
25 August, 2018
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Friday met opposition leaders belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and sought their cooperation in running the lower house of parliament without hindrance.
Mr Qaiser first met former speaker and PML-N MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and then called on PPP’s Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah.
Speaking to Dawn, Mr Shah said he had told the speaker that being the custodian of the house, Mr Qaiser would have to play the role of a bridge between the government and the opposition. Parliament had no meaning without an opposition and that the speaker always had to maintain a special relationship with it, the PPP leader told Mr Qaiser. Mr Shah said that they discussed the issue of formation of new standing committees of the house.
Mr Qaiser had earlier met former NA speakers Dr Fehmida Mirza and Syed Fakhar Imam and cabinet members, including Law and Justice Minister Barrister Dr Farogh Naseem, Adviser to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, and other senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat and parliamentary affairs division to discuss the ways and means of running the proceedings of the lower house of parliament amicably.
The two former speakers had also suggested to Mr Qaiser that he should give maximum time to the opposition parties to speak in the house.
Mr Qaiser — who had previously served as speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly — had stated on the floor of the house that he would consult legal experts, besides neeting leaders of the parliamentary parties to strengthen parliament and that he would run the house in consultation with all the parties.