ISLAMABAD - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah in yesterday’s National Assembly sitting offered the government to form a committee comprising treasury benches members to probe allegations of corruption against him. “I present myself for accountability and will tender resignation if allegations proved against me,” said Khursheed Shah this while responding to the interior minister’s claims for having files of corruption against opposition leader in the NAB.

Chaudhary Nisar other day (Monday) in a press conference had said the NAB

has some files against opposition leader Khursheed Shah.

Shah, on a point of order, said he would take response from the prime minister about allegations recently levelled against him. “If any person is misusing his office or taking benefits from the government then he has no right to stay on his seat,” said opposition leader.

Shah termed Ch.Nisar’s allegations as blackmailing. “How can interior minister keep file of corruption against me, if the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) holds such files,” he said, adding he would leave politics if allegations proved against him. He, ostensibly criticising Nisar, further passed a comment that the prime minister’s close friends had left him in difficult time. “The prime minister was living life in exile and some of his close members were taking rest in their homes,” he added.

Responding to opposition leader, Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that senior minister (Interior Minister) would respond to Khursheed Shah. “If opposition leader spoke some derogatory remarks it should be expunged,” he added.

The house disposed of half of the agenda six bills including "The National Accountability Bill (Amendment) Bill, 2016", " The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016", "The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016", “’The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) amendment,2016 ‘’ and “The trade organizations act, 2016” , which were referred to concerned standing committees.

The statement of objects and reasons of ‘The National Accountability (Amendment) act, 2016’ says that the 18th amendment of the constitution provides for greater autonomy of federating units.

“The subject of anti-corruption is residuary subject. There is a need to constitute autonomous accountability bureau at the level of provinces,” it says, adding legislation to this effect is already underway in the province. The bill seeks to delete the provision extending the jurisdiction of NAB in department of provincial government from the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.

Other bill ‘The Supreme Court (Number of Judges), (amendment) act, 2016’ is also referred to the concerned standing committee.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says Pakistan is the only country in South Asia which never had woman judges in the Supreme Court. “It is time that zero-representation of women in the Supreme Court is given due recognition,” it added. ‘The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016’ is related to the seats of women members in the house. “Women members may be elected on reserved seats on the basis of votes received by each political party not on seats by each party,” says the statement of objects and reasons.

The house, with thin presence of lawmakers from both sides of aisle, also welcomed the visiting Turkish delegation. Turkish Speaker Ismail Kahraman along with a delegation witnessed the proceedings of the National Assembly.

The speaker, welcoming the delegation, said the parliamentary delegation's visit will help boost cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries.

Federal Minister Zahid Hamid, Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Aijaz –ul-Haq, Amir Zaman, Shah G.Gul Afridi and other welcomed the Turkish delegation. They said Pakistan and Turkey have always stood by each other in the hour of trial. They noted that high-level exchanges between the two countries will help further augment the bilateral relations.

Speaking on point of order, PTI’s lawmaker Murad Saeed said that federal government has taken no serious steps for the development of Sawat. “Government has not brought any development scheme for Sawat and sit-in for this ignorance is under consideration,” PTI’s leader threatened government.

A PTI’s dissident member Musrat Zeb, on point of order, also criticised the government for not taking development measures in Sawat. “I will not hold any sit-in but raise voice in parliament for the right of my area,” she added.

State Minister for CAAD Tariq Fazal Chaudhry informed the house that male nurse who allegedly attempted to rape a girl in PIMS will be treated with iron-hands. “FIR has been registered and investigation is underway,” he said, responding to point of order raised by PPP’s lawmaker Azra Fazal.