Upper house to take action against Imran Khan for 'contemptuous' remarks

Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi says Khan will be summoned before a penal of the upper house soon.

Azam Khan July 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD: After getting consent form Speaker of National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq, a panel of the upper house has decided to take action against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for his ‘contemptuous’ remarks against the Senate.

The announcement comes a day after the PTI chief demanded resignation of the NA speaker for verification of votes in NA-122, Lahore.

Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, told The Express Tribune that the Speaker had recognised the demands of the upper house. He added that Khan, a member of the lower house, would be summoned before a panel of the upper house soon.

Mashhadi, who has been elected chairman of the Committee on Rules of Procedure for the third consecutive time, assured that the matter would be dealt with impartiality.

Khan during an interview had alleged that some people paid to become members of the Senate and some others had spoken in support of the US for favours and also received dollars in return.

According to Senator Adeel, these comments sent a wave of anger and outrage through the upper house prompting them to collectively drafted a motion against it. The motion was adopted unanimously after massive agitation on the floor of the Senate.

As many as 26 senators belonging to all parties including the ruling PML-N, PPP, MQM, PML-Q, JUI-F and even independent candidates signed the motion against Khan's comments.

Since Khan, himself is an MNA, Mashhadi wanted the NA speaker to either take action against Khan or refer the motion back to the Senate committee.

While talking to The Express Tribune Mashhadi said that, “we will seek clarification from Imran Khan as to why he made such a statement against the Senate.”

Meanwhile, Senator Jaffar Iqbal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) cheerfully said that now is the time to see if Khan respects the law and the Constitution.

Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab also endorsed the decision of his peers and said that Khan should appear before the Senate panel to clarify his position.

Senator Haji Adeel of Awami National Party (ANP) said that in case Khan ignored the notice, he can be arrested. He added that since parliamentary rules are not clear, a decision needs to be taken as to what kind of disciplinary actions could be initiated against the accused.