Dr. Arif Alvi speaks in NA on Karachi Sea view tragedy, holds city administrations, authorities responsible
On the first day of the parliamentary session after the seaview tragedy which took the lives of about 42 picnickers on second day of Eid - Dr Arif Alvi took the floor on a point of order to voice his serious concern on the Sea View tragedy holding the city government responsible for the tragedyRead more
A delegation to the Westminster (British House of Commons and House of Lords) was led by the NA speaker and included besides myself, Mr Mahmood Khan Achakzai (PKMAP), Raja Ikhlas (PMLN) and Dr Darshan (PMLN). Mr Khursheed Shah Leader of the Opposition could not make it. Meetings were arranged with British Parliamentarians, Speakers of the House of Lords and Commons, other dignitaries and MPs. Particular focus was to understand how does the British Parliament work, particularly its Public Accounts Committee.
We were accompanied everywhere by the Pakistan Acting High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Mr Imran Mirza and a few members of the High Commission who had scheduled this interaction.Read more
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf believes that terrorism demands that there should be adequate legislation to arrest, try, convict and punish the terrorists but at the same time it should not be a draconian law which makes life miserable for innocent civilians which is always the danger in Pakistan. Therefore such a law must find a delicate balance. With this spirit in mind I studied the law very closely and suggested 42 amendments to improve the law, actually making it stronger and safer.Read more
The ostentatious Governor’s Houses in all the provincial capitals of Pakistan are the remnants of a colonial era and an opulent style of living that is in direct contradiction with the values of an emancipated citizenry. While the poor are living in misery, majority being below the poverty line with limited shelter, these mansions not only require huge expenditure to maintain but also show an aloofness of the ruler from the masses. This distance and accompanying display of power and wealth was used to keep the natives and the vassals subservient.Read more
Reasonable apprehension, legally is a vague term used since 150 years. It is not described in any detail, but a policeman can fire and kill somebody on this basis. In our meetings on PPO, PMLN leaders challenged me to come up with a description. I prepared the same which is as follows:Read more
In a detailed response to a question raised by Dr Arif Alvi in the National Assembly, the finance minister quoted statements by a Swiss banker and a former Swiss government minister: “One of the directors of Credit Suisse AG stated on the record that $97 billion worth of Pakistani capital was deposited only in his bank. Similarly, Micheline Calmy-Rey, a former Swiss foreign minister, is reported to have put the amount of Pakistani money hidden in Switzerland at $200 billion — a statement that was never contradicted,” he revealed.Read more
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf believes that the Pakistan Protection Ordinance in its present form is a draconian measure and not in line with the Constitution of Pakistan. It may lead to serious unbridled violation of human rights without preventing terrorism. We also feel that any and all extraordinary measures that may be needed to counter terrorism must be time bound i.e. subject to ratification/re-approval from the Parliament on a yearly basis with sufficient protection of the acts of each passing year, in order to ensure return to the routine normal legal system at the earliest possible time.Read more
I attended the Interior Committee meeting on 31st December. The only strong participation was from PTI wherein I forced discussion on every clause. However the matter was being pushed thorough 'as is' and when the Chairman of Committee mentioned that the bill is being accepted by consensus, I objected with strong reservations as no suggested change was accepted. I was asked to submit my objections/suggestions in writing which I have done today 6th Jan
I drafted a detailed version of PTI position and then got help from Miss Maleeka Bukhari who finalised the version under advice with Mr Khosa. I am thankful to them for their help. Please see PTI official position on the Ordinance # 8 below (and attached). Ordinance # 7 and Pakistan Patriotism Act will come under discussion on 8th January.
I have attended a number of meetings of the Interior Committee where two Bills have been debated. I informed you of the objections and suggestions filed for the Antiterrorism Amendment Ordinance No 8 which was taken earlier. Now I am detailing below our stance on the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Ordinance No 7.
There was strong participation from PTI wherein I forced discussion as to PTI position on every clause. There were many objections mentioned but they say that they will accept only a few. For the record I again drafted a detailed version of PTI position as was debated in the Committee and then I got help from Miss Maleeka Bukhari who finalised the version under advice from Mr Khosa. Please see PTI official position on the Ordinance # 7 below (and attached). The third bill the Pakistan Protection Act will come up for hearing on Tuesday 21st January and I will brief you later after debate is held within the committee on the same.
Dr. Arif Alvi's speech in the National Assembly on Poverty Alleviation & Mehngai