PCNS meets in Islamabad: Awan out, Kaira in

Published: March 31, 2012
Qaman Zaman Qaira replaces Babar Awan in PCNS. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Qaman Zaman Qaira replaces Babar Awan in PCNS. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

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.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • atif
    Mar 31, 2012 - 3:53PM

    PPP kicked out its Vice President, how sad.


  • Mar 31, 2012 - 4:05PM

    It doesn’t make any difference


  • Imran A Khan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:04PM

    He is a known opportunist. He distributed sweets on the hanging of Bhutto, how sad it is that he is the vice president of PPP.
    He will quickly switch side where he will see that he has more benefits.
    PPP has been hijacked by such people with the help of Zardari since the loyal people would not have allowed the mass level corruption and the drain of country’s resources.
    Bye Bye Babar Awan


  • Imran Swati
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:10PM

    He deserves this


  • Mehran
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:47PM

    It means PPP is evolving and gradually opportunist and imported leaders are filtering out from mainstream PPP leadership. PPP should have some Accountability system within party to counter check the activities of their party leaders and workers, through such body, they can have quick evolution and corrupt and opportunists will be identified easily and PPP could achieve better public image.


  • Mar 31, 2012 - 6:10PM

    @Imran Swati:
    would u like to explain it how??


  • Amir
    Mar 31, 2012 - 6:21PM

    He is the lowest level of polititican


  • jock
    Mar 31, 2012 - 6:22PM

    The PPP chose a better man. Now lets see.


  • Imran Swati
    Mar 31, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Dear Fellow !
    If you have been harted then I am sorry for that and for explanation I think Imran A Khan comment is much than enough , hope will be enough for you .


  • Ahsan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:06PM

    National Security – lol
    Nation is attacked by Loadshedding, Hunger, Fuel prices, Jahalat, poverty, everyday ppl are dieing from these attacks but we dont want our ppl to get killed by India hahaha

    This one deserves a laughter


  • Mar 31, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Babar Awan must have to know that People Party is the only party in Pakistan where there is a Popular Vote bank is for party not depending on electable

    Awan is a loser again


  • daredevil
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Poor Babar Awan….where will he end up….with Mian Nawaz Sharif…or Imran Khan…or form his own tonga party…or perhaps get back in Zardari favour and again come up with Bhutto legacy, zinda hai, blah blah


  • Noor
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:41PM

    He will restart preaching religion on tv, i guess.


  • Seema
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @Mehran: PPP always back off when, needs some kind of consensus and PMLN who calls itself champion of judiciary, must be having reservations,only that will be the reason.

    @Imran A khan Rana Sanaullah was once a PPP jiyala, what do you think he had not celebrated downfall off Nawaz, today he is die hard of PMLN. Javed hashmi had war of words with Imran now he is president of PTI.


  • Mirza
    Mar 31, 2012 - 11:36PM

    I agree with you. Democracy is a sieving process and in every election some people fall down while some stay put. After a few consecutive elections the governance would dramatically improve. This is the main reason the rightwing losers hate democracy and want to stop the democratic process at all costs. These are the people who never can win a national election and only use backdoor to power.
    Nice to see opportunists are being sidelined by the PPP while they are joining the other parties. Let us have faith and trust in Pakistani electorate who are going to make better and better decisions with each election.


  • Imran Swati
    Apr 1, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Dear Fellow ( Pakistan Politics ) !

    I replied you once but media is free therefore ET has the right not to post that , and I think you will have get explanation reading the comments of other fellows and the recomendations of my comment by readers .


    Apr 1, 2012 - 2:41AM

    Babar Awan was aspiring to become Governor of the Punjab but now he is on the road.
    Kus nami pursad kay Bhaia kon ho. Poor Awan is attending date after date for the restoration of his practicing license — He had taken too much air- Notice Milya Kakh Hilya …….. Honr Choopo.


  • Apr 1, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Too late ……. At this moment it wont make a difference.


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