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Caretakers to taste accountability


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Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (retired) Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The country’s main political parties taking part in the May 11 elections will get the first opportunity to make the caretaker prime minister and his cabinet team accountable for their acts when the Senate goes into session on Monday (tomorrow).

Having no friends in the house, the caretaker ministers can face a difficult time in the Senate where there will be no concept of the treasury and opposition benches in the absence of an elected government.

A veteran Senator, when contacted, said that technically speaking there would be no leader of the house and no opposition leader in the Senate when it would meet. He said the leader of the house was normally appointed by the prime minister to represent him in the upper house of parliament.

Answering a question, he said the present leader of the house, Jahangir Badr, could not defend the acts of the caretaker government since he was made a senator on the PPP ticket and his party was contesting the May 11 elections.

He, however, said the house could elect its leader of the house or the parliamentary leader to represent them and formally convey their sentiments to the caretaker government. He said that under the constitution, the caretaker government was fully answerable to the Senate like any elected government. Even caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso could attend the session and respond to the Senators’ queries.

The Senate Secretariat on Saturday issued a 15-point agenda for the Monday’s session that included introduction of two bills, five motions and six resolutions.

The Awami National Party (ANP) and the PPP have already announced that they would seek a clarification from Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan on his controversial remarks in which he had praised PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.

The parliamentary reporters and experts are keen to watch the reaction of the PML-N in the Senate when this issue would be raised by the two former ruling coalition partners.

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Syed Apr 14, 2013 03:08am
What about zardari, nawaz and all the others ?!?!? start with them first.
Ali Apr 14, 2013 11:32am
Why no one is taking action against this joker caretaker interior minister? He has clearly violated all decency in showing his loyalty with Nawaz Sharif's deep pockets. Oh sorry, I forgot he is ex army men and all army men are allowed to plunder loot as much as they like that is why no action against Aslam beg, Musarraf and none others. Well done Kayani, saving yr ex army friends has been the only success of your tenure. Please make sure you also save them in their graves. Allah is watching you
A Sheikh Apr 14, 2013 12:55pm
This makes no sense. Why not dissolve the senate as well. It is filled with the same kind of corrupt and cronies. Jahangir Badar is house leader - what a joke.
kirther Apr 14, 2013 05:04pm
Care taker set-up has not reflected any maturity or confidence in what they have done so for, one of their minister indicated his liking for PML-N compromising his neutral stand, hence should be removed. It appears that Pakistan is in such dire states that it cannot even come up with few good people to fill in these positions for a brief period. What has happened to this society which was never short of honest and talented people but now negativity is prevailing across the society, how can anybody talk of rule of law when people committing serious crime by using forged documents/bogus degree are not punished and are allowed to contest national elections. What a shame President sitting in office because of immunity and assembly members using forged documents and involved in all types of corruption.