ISLAMABAD: PML-N legislators submitted on Wednesday two adjournment motions to the National Assembly Secretariat, seeking discussions on alleged corruption and mismanagement in Haj operations and reported victimisation of an international organisation which has carried out a survey on corruption in the government.
The motion on the Haj operations was moved by eight MNAs and the motion on the alleged victimisation of Transparency International (TI) carried signatures of five legislators.
In their first motion, the members have expressed concern over reports of corruption of millions of rupees in the Haj operations which caused hardship to pilgrims and brought bad name to the country.
The legislators regretted that the government had not learnt any lesson from past experiences when similar complaints had come to light.
The second motion seeks adjournment of the house proceedings for a debate on media reports that “the government had directed all its institutions to severe links with TI in all matters relating to transparency in Pakistan”.
“This act of the government against the TI has caused a wave of resentment among the public. It should therefore, be discussed in the house.”
The TI released the report of a survey last month, according to which Pakistan dropped to 34th from 42nd in the ranking of global corruption index.
The report found Somalia to be the most corrupt country, followed by Afghanistan tied with Myanmar, and then Iraq.
Soon after the release of the report, people in the government, including some federal ministers, started questioning the authenticity of the survey report, ignoring the fact that when they were in the opposition they frequently quoted TI survey figures against the military regime of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Meanwhile, PML-N’s central spokesman Ahsan Iqbal called for resignation of federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi over allegations of corruption and mismanagement in Haj affairs.
In a statement, Mr Iqbal said that Pakistan had been made a laughing stock all over the world after reports of corruption in Haj affairs.
He said the opposition would raise the matter on the floor of the National Assembly and pressurise the government to hold an independent and transparent inquiry.
He asked the government to constitute a parliamentary committee to probe the matter.