Pakistani Parliament will not become rubber stamp: Fahmida

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Islamabad, Apr 8 (UNI) Pakistani Parliament will not be allowed to become a rubber stamp and the country will be run through legislation instead of ordinances, National Assembly speaker Fahmida Mirza has said.

People were looking towards elected parliamentarians for solution of their problems and holding parliamentary debate on all important national issues, including terrorism, was must.

the Associated Press of Pakistan quoted her as saying yesterday.

''Proper representation will be given to women and minority legislators in parliamentary committees and equal representation be given to members of opposition benches in the National Assembly.'' Dr Mirza said it was a matter of honour for her that she was not only first women speaker of Pakistan but of the entire Islamic World.

''I will do justice to my post and being a custodian of the house I will run the house according to rules and regulations,'' she said.

It was the responsibility of every parliamentarian to create relationship between the state and people and discuss the issues derailing the democratic process in the country.

Replying to a question regarding investigation into former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto assassination, she said National Assembly resolution would be sent soon to the government for investigating the case through the United Nations.

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