PTI Govt's manifesto revolves around transparency, accountability: Ali Muhammad Khan
Dilemma of Public Account Committees: Whether legislation be followed by parliamentary procedure or through ordinance
Public Accounts committee (PAC), a sub parliamentary committee, which hold responsible the government in terms of all expenditures made during the tenure. The All Parties consultation directed the authorities that the chairmanship of PAC be ruled by opposition in order to create a proper check and balance on government in office.
“How legislation be possible if Imran Khan (PM Pakistan) insisted that Shahbaz Sharif as far democratic culture is lacking the ability to be announced as the chairman PAC?”, question raised by Dr. Moeed Pirzada
Reacting to the question Ali Mohammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair, that government has the constitutional right to conduct legislation through ordinances. As the practice of ordinance has been already administered in past, so repeating it for legislation won’t be something unconventional.
“There is provision of ordinance in constitution of Pakistan for legislation and put the practice into consideration is nothing new”, said by Ali Mohammad khan.
Since inception to 1972, the common procedure for PAC chairmanship was: the State Minister for Finance used to be the chairman of PAC. But, the trend changed in Bhutto era where Finance Ministry was given relief from PAC concern duties.
Departing from PAC chairmanship appointment trend was supervised by Baluchistan government in previous five years tenure (2013-18). Similarly, rather to follow the National and Punjab Assemblies, Sindh and KP followed the pattern of Baluchistan.
Nomination of Fakhar Imam for Federal PAC chairmanship and selection of Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Speaker KP Assembly, as PAC at provincial level portrays that the culture be repeated this time as well.
Meanwhile, Malik Ahmad Khan, former MPA Punjab Assembly (PML-N) critically assessed the diversion of PAC chairman appointment practice adopted by current government. To hold government authorities culpable, the role of opposition is vital.
“It is against the human behavior that to held own-self accountable before law especially in public expenditures”, Malik Ahmad Khan said.
It is true that accountability factor can best be practice by opposition. But, since the PTI government has embarked a massive program against corruption and accountability, so they must be give a fair chance in order to test their credibility.
Countering the assumption of Malik Ahmad Khan, Ali Mohammad commented that 100 Days Plan and the rest of party manifesto is revolving around the transparency and accountability. “Politics is an art of finding new ways for different prevailing crisis; the corrupt practices, money depletion and no-investment curses are mainly due to lack of accountability in Pakistan. PM Pakistan, Imran Khan Initiative against fraudulent and nefarious political practices witnessed the seriousness of government commitment toward the cause”, Ali Mohammad Khan said.
Story contributed by Jawad Khan.