A view of the Senate in Islamabad. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Rehman Malik was sworn in as federal minister on Friday shortly after his swearing in as a Senator, DawnNews reported.

Malik was administered oath of office by President Asif Ali Zardari and was handed over the portfolio of interior.

A notification in this respect was also issued by the Cabinet Division.

Earlier today, lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) staged a walk out from the Senate over the summoning of an emergency session which they alleged was expressly called for Rehman Malik's oath-taking as a Senator.

Friday's session of the Senate began under the chairmanship of Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Malik was administered oath of office soon after.

PML-N lawmakers protested the calling of the session which they said had been summoned in order to administer Malik the oath of office.

Earlier this month, Malik had been elected unopposed at a by-election in the same seat for the Senate which he held prior to his June suspension, paving the way for him to be reconfirmed as a cabinet minister. The swearing-in ceremony was broadcast live on state television.

The Supreme Court had suspended Malik from parliament on June 4 for allegedly running for the Senate in 2009 while still holding British citizenship.

During today's Senate session, Senator Zafar Ali Shah of the PML-N inquired over the rationale behind summoning an emergency session, adding that, the cost of holding a session of the upper house of parliament was 16 million rupees.

Moreover, PML-N’s Senator Ishaq Dar said that Friday's session was not in accordance with the Senate's calendar, adding that, if this was how the government intended to conduct matters, there were little chances of improvement in the future.

During the session, Senator Saeed Ghani of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said that the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board was not fulfilling its responsibilities, adding proper chlorination of water supplied to the city was not being done leading to deaths due to waterborne infections.

Senator Ghani urged that the government should take action on the issue.

Subsequently, the upper house's session was adjourned to July 30 (4:00 pm).

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Muhammad Asim
July 27, 2012 1:31 pm
Yes and these darkest days because of our deeds what we do same response come in the form of our leaders, diseases and troubles like occurring now a days.
July 27, 2012 10:26 pm
Why would you want to put the blame on other people,every person has a choice when they come to that point,strong person will always choose the right path,weak one will fall prey to greed like everyone in our government.Its not a habit,its your character,your inner self(zameer) in Urdu i think.
July 27, 2012 4:22 pm
How does he get reelceted again and then given the same post where he is resigned from. This Govt have no value/accountablity at all. He is British first and he showed it how he acted after the Passport scandel. If poeple vote for them again. Then we deserve it . Shame on the people who given there vote for the such a corrupt politicians.
July 27, 2012 1:05 pm
I am surprised that Rehman malik has No shame at all for come back when the court kicked out him for holding UK citizenship.
July 27, 2012 1:37 pm
No brief vacation lets call it paid holidays
July 27, 2012 1:38 pm
Like Arab spring, why Pakistani people are not getting up and taking these criminals out. Pakistani people deserve these criminals if they continue to elect ppp.Li
July 27, 2012 5:22 pm
exactly... we are responsible for whatever is happening in our country.. we make society.. society is because of us not we because of society...
July 27, 2012 10:28 pm
BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.I love a good joke and that was epic,good one Ali bhai.
July 27, 2012 5:52 pm
being Pakistani is something to keep quiet about nowadays as there is nothing respectful about it anymore. SHame on the country and its politcal elite for lining their own pockets and amassing personal wealths at the peril of an impoverished people.
July 27, 2012 9:47 am
And again and again
July 27, 2012 1:54 pm
Rehman Malik a shameless personality
July 27, 2012 10:45 am
Can too! And will insha'Allah .. the educated and enlightened class of Pakistan, who are a visible presence on DAWN'S forums .. under the leadership of people like Imran Khan.
July 27, 2012 9:46 am
Agreed, we should not blame US, but we should blame UK for our corruption :)
Iqbal Khan
July 27, 2012 1:12 pm
Days were bright when Ayub Khan was ruling this country.
Ijaz Ahmad
July 27, 2012 10:06 am
"high moral values of 99% majority of Pakistani people" WOW Such a MORAL society and degenerating........ This can happen only in PAKistan I am a believer today - "No" one can change us
Danish Anjum
July 27, 2012 12:35 pm
Lets continue to condemn such acts on each and every forum. Spread the message! Its wrong. Say it billions times (like media does) so people of Pakistan start believing it . . . and eventually awareness will come ~ ummmm Not sure but you never know !
Jamshed Khan
July 28, 2012 12:36 pm
Democracy is just a cover. We have criminal gangs ruling the country in the name of democracy. It is perhaps time for the nation to rise up. We really need an Asian spring, starting from Pakistan.
Jag Jai
July 27, 2012 11:48 am
I hope in the next election the people of Pakistan elect honest representatives working in the interest of the nation and not for themselves.
July 27, 2012 11:58 am
We need to be honest with ourselves first starting with our families. If all of these online comment posters (including myself) would speak to/sort out our own families and educate them about the consequences of choosing the same old people. Things would not be what they are now. We make the society. We are corrupt, our decisions are corrupt that is why our leaders are corrupt. Its not a new phenomenon, its an intergenerational issue. We do have the ingredients to be a good society but lack the will.
Saad (DXB)
July 27, 2012 12:44 pm
Simply disgusting.. I am so ashamed of Being a Pakistani today Is there a country out there who will give its nationality to a highly educated Pakistani??
Syed Ahmed
July 27, 2012 2:16 pm
'A horse A horse My kingdom for a horse'
Lax Sawkar
July 27, 2012 2:06 pm
Slap on face of Supreme Court and CJ. What a country!
July 28, 2012 10:30 am
Appointing Rehman Malik once again is a complete mockery of Pakistani law and democracy. Any post for the highest bidder. Embarressing. Pakistan Zindabad!
Riaz Murtaza
July 28, 2012 12:28 am
Corruption at its heights. Hassan Nisar is right that we are not a nation, not even a crowd. Even Crowd has some direction ! We are leading no where but to a worse.
July 27, 2012 11:04 pm
Here is what I think the problem is,as I sit thousands and miles away from my Pakistan watching cable news,when they show the political gatherings,what do you really see there,not the educated but the ones who can barely write their own name in their native language,most of them still use the thumb print.And mind you,there are over 180 million people in Pakistan,supposedly 80% or better are uneducated(maybe the figure is wrong)If its true then I see how and why these clever politicians lie thru their teeth and force all the lies on the public who could'nt even tell a simple the difference between a honda and a nissan lol.By the way,our people are simple,caring and loving and I don't want to over look the greatness of our pakistani brothers and sisters.Its time they learn the truth,its time to educate them about realities of politicians and their agendas.All this may sound like I'm insulting our poor peope but thats not true.I'm a Pakistani and I have never forgotten that,ever,not even after 33 years of being away.Unfortunately our politicians don't give a hoot about Pakistan,only their pocket book.
Saeed K
July 27, 2012 10:03 am
He delibrately tried to beat the system while he was UK citizen.Now he is back in the senate,special session of was called to swear him in. Every day 7-10 peole become victims of target killing in Karachi. As interior minister,what has he done to stop it?. He is Zardari's bagman, mostly carrying messages to supremo of MQM in London.
Zeeshan Shamsi
July 27, 2012 12:24 pm
The news article should read "Rehman Malik has rejoined the NA and Senate after his brief vacation"
July 28, 2012 10:43 am
HAHAHA! Typical moronic claim. First of all, the educated and enlightned class of Pakistan is so marginalised in politics, that the impact made is almost not noticeable. And giving your trust to Imran Khan, is proof that the "enlightned" isn`t that enlightned afterall. His fame as a cricketer has given him his votes and blinded his followers. It is easy call for change when not in power. But how can he make changes when he teames up with the likes of Shah Mehmood Qureshi??? Tehrik e insaf lost its credibility by doing what was needed for common acknowledgement; dealing with the Devil(s)
Kamran Khan
July 27, 2012 8:26 am
How is he eligible to get elected for the senate, while he is still having foreign nationality?
July 27, 2012 9:37 am
Very well said Kamran Khan. Who has verified his renunciation certificate? Sindh election commissioner is not to be trusted -he has proved his bonafides in the Mrs. Shah case. I wonder why the newly appointed EC is quiet? I am 100% sure that Mr. Malik is still a British Citizen
July 27, 2012 8:38 am
Mr Rahman Malik delibrately conceled fact of holding dual nationality at the time of his first election to Senate. In order to avoid dis-qualification, he resigned. His re-election confirms the mockery of moral values of our ruling junta. He, Dusti and likes them do not represent the high moral values of 99% majority of Pakistani people.
FJ Siddiqui
July 27, 2012 4:17 pm
Now as there is consensus almost that things are going in absolutley wrong direction, it is time to act. We all must vote in next elections and elect the guys other than those who are currently in power. Else we will loose the right to complain even.
July 27, 2012 9:15 am
Darkest days for Pakistan having criminals minds ruling the state affairs. Pakistan has seen the worst and will emerge to glory after these darkest days in our nation history. All thanks to our fore-fathers not putting national interest before their personal/family/tribe interest.
Usman Chaudhry
July 27, 2012 9:21 am
More so the irony is people will again elect them as their representatives. Complete idioticy .
July 27, 2012 9:23 am
It is sad that we blame USA for our corruption. If this was in USA, MR. MALIK would have been charged for treason and HANGED. But, since this is Pakistan criminals rule the country with pride.
July 27, 2012 9:24 am
Can you point-out an era, when Pakistan was neither having the darkest days and not ruled by criminal minds?
Jamshed Khan
July 29, 2012 8:10 am
Mushi had his defects but he was a walk in the park as compared with the current cohort of thugs and looters that are ruling the country...
Imran A.
July 27, 2012 5:22 pm
I wonder how many of the people who posted their comments here were also against Musharaf?
Saeed Naqvi
July 27, 2012 3:23 pm
Rehman Malik is renowned throughout this country. As one who creates waves with foot-in-the-mouth statements to the press and his antics in cabinet meetings, rather than his actions as a minister or senator. I think Pakistan would have been better off to have approved his UK citizenship and just let him go - this country deserves better.
July 27, 2012 10:04 pm
very well said Ali. We need to start cleaning our houses first & inshaAllah these corrupt will have no place to hide & will be in jail. Other nations, past civilizations have done it, we can too. Pakistan Zindabad!
July 27, 2012 3:57 pm
Funny thing is that you asking of shame from the politicians of Pakistan and PPP
Ishrat salim
July 27, 2012 4:02 pm
Ali..''u r so right..Self-accountable is must...
Zia from USA
July 27, 2012 4:40 pm
So are we better off now with this democratically elected gov't, or were we better off before them?
July 27, 2012 6:14 pm
We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.
Zia from USA
July 27, 2012 6:38 pm
Musharraf was 1000% better! Pakistan was much better off.
July 27, 2012 6:46 pm
We miss Musharraf, atleast I am...
July 27, 2012 6:47 pm
This is just plain wrong.
Hassan Parvez
July 27, 2012 7:30 pm
Shame, Shame and Shame.
July 27, 2012 8:41 pm
As we all know, Allah don't help those who don't help themselves. This is a slap for the nation that he again appointed. What to do, just a shame mark for all of us.
July 27, 2012 7:51 pm
Our problem is that most of us Pakistani (lower class, medium class, upper class) we all think that I'm above the law. Even in developed, rich and super power countries people don't think they are above the law. In every democracy election day has very deep meaning. Let us use our heads on that day and kicked out all those crooks, corrupts, thieves, shameless and selfish. Let us all respect the law and order and tell the same thing to people around us. God always help those who help them self first.
Syeda Arifa Hussain
July 27, 2012 9:13 pm
Didnt we fight a war that we lost, incited Bangladeshis to eventual revolt and usurped Fatima Jinnah's election during Ayub's reign?
najeeb aman
July 28, 2012 2:14 am
It was suspected that he will return.but i wonder why he resigned?if he intended to come back.
July 28, 2012 6:06 am
well said
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