NA Speaker has no way out except to summon detained members to attend the sittings of assembly

BY Nasir Mahood

The Speaker National Assembly has no way out except to summon detained members to attend the sittings of assembly.

The present Speaker at the behest of Government by creating hurdles in issuance of production orders of Asif Zardari etc. is endangering the dignity and existence of the House.

Hashmat Habib President Tehreek e Tahaffuz e Adlia viewing the speaker’s duty under rule 108 of procedure said it is clear as it binds speaker to summon detained member to attend the sitting of the Assembly or sitting of the committees.

He said word “may” is mandatory used in relation to the members to attend the sittings of the assembly however meeting of a committee is also mentioned.

The senior lawyer of Supreme Court said here word ‘may’ is having meaning of shall i.e. mandatory to summon a member.

However if a member has to attend meeting of a committee it is a directory nature and speaker can consider as to whether summoning of a member is necessary. He said speaker has no way out except to summon detained members to attend the sittings of assembly.

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