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NA Secretariat on Direction of Speaker Replies to Shahid Khakan Abassi on Issue of Production Orders
Thursday, 12th September, 2019

SPEAKER ACTS INDEPENDENTLY, RESPONSIBLY AND FOLLOWS THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES SET OUT IN THE CONSTITUTION, RULES AND PARLIAMENTARY TRADITIONS IN ORDER TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF THE HOUSE EFFICIENTLY AND TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF ITS MEMBERS

NA SECRETARIAT ON DIRECTION OF SPEAKER REPLIES TO SHAHID KHAKAN ABASSI ON ISSUE OF PRODUCTION ORDERS

Islamabad September 12, 2019: The National Assembly Secretariat, on the direction of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser had today replied to a letter written by Mr. Shahid Khakan Abassi, MNA regarding production of members in the custody to attend the proceedings of the national assembly/joint session.

The National Assembly Secretariat referring to the letter of the Member dated 26th August, 2019 addressed to Honorable Speaker, National Assembly regarding issuance of production orders of detained members of the National Assembly in order to attend the sittings of Assembly / joint session of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), had informed that the Speaker being custodian of the House judiciously considers each and every case of detention of Member and nature of the case registered against him as well.

Referring to the Rule 108 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the Member had been informed that the Speaker or Chairman of a Committee may summon a member in custody on the charge of a non-bailable offence to attend a sitting or sittings of the Assembly or meeting of a Committee of which he is a member, if he considers his presence necessary.
The Member had been further informed that Speaker had never been selective in issuance of Production Orders of the detained Members. It was further informed that the issuance of production orders of a member in custody was the sole discretion of the Speaker and member cannot claim it as a matter of right.

The Member was further informed that Speaker was well aware of his responsibilities being custodian of the House to protect the rights of members and ensure their participation in the Assembly /Joint Session of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. It further informed that the Speaker considers every case independently and in a responsible way and also follows the guiding principles set out in the Constitution, rules and parliamentary traditions in order to run the affairs of the House efficiently and to protect the rights of its members as well.

The Member had been further informed that there was no constitutional provision regarding issuance of Production Orders of a detained member.  However, if the Member in custody was not satisfied with the issuance of production orders by the Speaker, he may approach the court of competent jurisdiction in that regard.