Poor lawmaking record

- DAWN

Nov 20, 2018-

As the federal government races to compile a list of achievements ahead of its first 100 days in office, there remains a glaring omission: legislation. There has been one legislative achievement of the government so far: the Finance (Supplementary) Act, 2018, which was arguably more of an economic necessity than a legislative success. There are several likely reasons for the PTI’s failure to introduce new legislation, but the primary reason remains a procedural impediment: a dispute between the government and the opposition over the chairmanship of the Public Affairs Committee has prevented Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser from notifying the parliamentary committees that form the basis of legislative work. Blocking the formation of parliamentary committees because of an unresolved dispute over the chairmanship of the PAC ultimately prevents the government from creating and advancing a legislative agenda. It is self-defeating. Without legislation, executive action is likely to yield only minimal governance reforms. The PTI must do better.

Published: 20-11-2018 07:55

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