No room for acting PM in the constitution: Speaker


ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Thursday said that there was no room for appointment of acting prime minister in the country as the constitution had had no such provision.

He said this while talking to parliamentary reporters of Islamabad and Punjab Assembly.

No suggestion was being contemplated to appoint alternate person as prime minister of the country, he added.

No leader of PML-N including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar
Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar or Speaker Ayaz Sadiq have any desire to become prime minister of the country as the incumbent Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is the consensus leader of PML-N.

There is no such consideration in the ruling party PML-N about appointing the alternate of the prime minister.

He said constitution of the country had no provision about the appointment of deputy prime minister.

Former Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had been appointed as deputy prime minister through an executive order.

Regarding drone attacks, he said no country would be allowed to carry out drone attacks on Pakistan’s soil, adding “Think about the reaction of the US if Pakistan resorted to drone attack on its territory”.

The issue should be raised at diplomatic level besides
raising it in the parliament, he observed.

Responding to a question regarding chief of Awami Muslim
League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, he said “Sheikh will remain angry, and the fall of fourth wicket of PML-N is not imminent”.

Narrating an event of his student life, he said he had hit a
fellow with stick while playing hockey erroneously, which still
haunts the friend.

He had already talked to advisor Prime Minister on Foreign
Affairs Sartaj Aziz for arranging a detailed briefing to the joint
sitting of National Assembly standing committees on foreign affairs and defence about the implications of drone attacks.

Responding to a question, he said Parliamentary Committee on ToRs members were serious in resolving the issue of framing Terms of Reference (ToRs) to probe Panama papers issue.

However, he observed that the framing of ToRs must not become a matter of ego for any member of the committee as it could arise problems.

The Calling Attention Notices moved in the National Assembly regarding the drone attack in Balochistan last month would be looked into the meetings of standing committees on foreign affairs and defence.