ISLAMBAD: The government on Saturday removed Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Babar Awan from the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and replaced him with another senior party leader, Qamar Zaman Qaira. The committee is currently reviewing recommendations on Pakistan-US relations.
Sources have said that the decision was taken on Friday night. It has been said that the PPP leader is facing isolation because he refused to appear before the court to record a statement in favour of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the contempt hearing against him.
The committee is meeting today to review its recommendations on Pakistan-US relations and foreign policy. They will meet on a day-to-day basis till April 5.
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS), which drafted a 40-point proposal on terms of reengagement with the United States, is now considering a key opposition demand – to link the resumption of Nato supplies with a halt to drone strikes in tribal regions.
PPP representation in the committee is Raza Rabbani, Naveed Qamar and Qamar Zaman Qaira, while the PML-N representatives are Ishaq Dar and Mehtab Abbasi. Other parties who are part of the committee are JUI-F, MQM and ANP.