Punjab HEC formation: Parvez accuses PML-N regime of paralysing system

The Nation  |  May 06, 2021

LAHORE - Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has accused the previous regime of paralyzing the system by setting up Punjab Higher Education Commission. 

“The government unnecessarily established the HEC which kept the system paralyzed during the last 10 years,” he said while chairing the PA session on Wednesday. 

“There’s need to change the whole higher education system,” he said while grilling the PML-N during question-hour on Higher Education Department.

Treasury legislator Saeed Akbar Niwani said that for the first time he had seen such a mismanagement in the education system as there’s no system of check and balance on vice-chancellors, misusing their powers. He claimed that the issue was repeatedly taken up in the standing committee meetings but to no avail as the VCs were paying no heed to the complaints and/or suggestions put up to them by the panel.

Global food insecurity at 5-year high amid COVID, conflict, UN warns Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir Hamayun said that the Okara University VC would be replaced soon because of charges of misuse of authority being leveled against him. He said that the Sahiwal University’s VC had gone abroad on a leave and sent his resignation after being stuck up there reportedly because of the coronavirus restrictions.

PML-N’s Samiullah Khan regretted that two provincial ministers had re-taken their oath of offices despite being under interrogation by the NAB, whereas opposition leader was not being accepted as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee for the last over two and half years on the excuse that Mr Shehbaz is facing NAB inquiries.

PML-N’s Khalil Tahir Sindhu strongly criticized the government on misbehavior of Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan with Sialkot Assistant Commissioner Sonia Sadaf.

He regretted that an advisor of the government was inviting the AC for playing a friendly cricket match. PML-N’S Rana Iqbal lamented that the government did official lawmaking on a private members day suspending rules of business in this respect against the agreement reached in the house business advisory COMMITTEE. He said that the legislation done on Tuesday could be challenged in a court of law.

Hundreds of farmers head to Delhi to protest Farm Laws despite COVID restrictions He recalled that if any lawmaker would walk out when he was the speaker, he would put on hold proceedings until the member was brought back to the house. But, he lamented, the whole opposition walked out of the house on Tuesday against official legislative work on a private members day and the business remained as usual and neither the treasury nor the chair tried to bring back the opposition to rejoin the proceedings. Law Minister Raja Basharat denied the claim that the advisory committee’s agreement was violated for the legislation. 

“The opposition takes one stance in the house and another in the media,” he said, daring the opposition to move a court of law against the act.

Talking to media outside PA, the minister said that the firm stance taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan on the blasphemy issue reflected sentiments of the entire nation. He said that the government could not compromise on the honour of the Prophet (PBUH) in any way.

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Foundation chooses African business idols Criticising the behaviour of opposition in Assembly, Raja Basharat said that the opposition always opted to flee when it needed to play its democratic role in the House.

“See that Opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz did not come to the first sitting of the Assembly that shows his level of interest in the lawmaking. The opposition members come out of the room in the assembly, talk to the media and go away.”

He said that the speaker always has had the powers to suspend Rules of Procedure so Chaudhry Parvez Elahi did not exceed his authority when he suspended the rules last day.

To a question, he said that the Leader of the House should come to the Assembly and enhance its prestige. He said that a detailed verdict of the Supreme Court was awaited for the local bodies which would be fully implemented.

Regarding the arrested Tehreek Labbaik members, he said that deputy commissioners have been directed to take steps for their release as per objective circumstances of their respective districts. He said that the number game in Punjab was such that there was no possibility of any change. 

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