ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly, on Wednesday, passed a ruling to summon the FIA director general before its privilege committee for issuing notices to MNA Abdul Qadir Gilani and his father former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani in connection with the irregularities in the 2010 Hajj arrangements. The privilege committee panel, which is headed by PPP lawmaker Yasmeen Rahman, summoned the FIA DG to inquire why Abdul Qadir Gilani was issued a notice. Rahman gave the ruling after lawmakers on treasury benches, while making fiery speeches on the issuance of notices to the Gilanis in connection with the 2010 Hajj scam, demanded immediate withdrawal of the same. The House did not witness even a single sentence about the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, as the issue of notices to Gilanis largely dominated the proceedings. On a point of order, PPP’s Abdul Qadir Gilani demanded that the notices issued by the Federal Investigation Agency to him and his father be withdrawn. “I have been exonerated in this case,” he told the House, adding that although he had been cleared by the Supreme Court, he was receiving notices from the FIA for the past ten days. “Wasn’t it a breach of the privilege of a parliamentarian,” questioned Gilani while affirming, “My brother Ali Musa Gilani and I would resign from the National Assembly if such excesses are not stopped.” The PPP lawmaker called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the FIA to withdraw these notices immediately. “At whose instance he and his father were being issued such threatening notices,” he further questioned as he expressed surprise that his father, a former prime minister, was being issued notices by the FIA. “How dare an officer rang a parliamentarian,” he went on to say. “Our family has given many sacrifices. We are not traitors. Nobody, notably Rehman Malik, raised voice for us. It is incomprehensible we are being punished for what offence,” Gilani said as he came down hard on the interior minister for his remarks that the FIA staff was not under his control. Raising another issue, Qadir Gilani expressed concerns over insufficient security measures, and drew the attention of the House to the arrests of terrorists made in Lahore near his house. He also said that his family members had been left at the mercy of terrorists.Following his fiery speech, PPP chief whip Syed Khursheed Shah also got emotional and demanded that the FIA DG be summoned to Parliament. “”We are with the family of Gilani. And notoriety of the bureaucracy is not acceptable,” Shah held and went on to say, “Even if the FIA DG refuses to turn up, he be brought handcuffed.” Showcasing the services of Yousuf Raza Gilani, Shah said the former premier served the country for over four years in an excellent way and sought to discourage every political vendetta during his tenure. An opposition MNA, Rana Tanveerul Hassan of the PML-N, was of the view that Gilani should not feel any insult and present himself before the FIA. “If he has been summoned, then he should go there,” he asserted, and insisted that it was not a matter of insult. Hassan, however, added that they would not support the breach of the privilege of any parliamentarian. On his turn, another PML-N lawmaker, Tariq Fazal, noted that Gilani did run the House in a good manner, but the ephedrine case, Hajj scandal also came to the fore during his tenure as the country’s prime minister. Fazal also said that nearly Rs 50 million were spent on advertisements on a public meeting of President Zardari in Malikwal area from the state exchequer. Upon this, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira questioned the utilisation of millions of rupees on advertisements on a ceremony held for the distribution of laptops (among talented students by the Punjab government). According to him, these advertisements cost over Rs 50 crore to the national kitty. Kaira also questioned, “In what capacity did Nawaz Sharif participate in such ceremonies.” The information minister, however, said they would not tolerate the breach of the privilege of any parliamentarian, saying “we have shown much restraint and patience”. “We will not go against the law, but at the same time the breach of the privilege of any parliamentarian is something that is not acceptable to us,” affirmed Kaira. Taking part in the debate, ANP legislator Bushra Gohar said that parliamentarians were not above the law and none should be that emotional on an accountability issue. She however called for an action against those who distributed money in the Asghar Khan case. Lawmakers Samsam Bokhari and Riaz Fatyana expressed solidarity with the Gilani family, saying they would not allow humiliation of any parliamentarian. “If Abdul Gilani would resign, then many others would also tender their resignations,” asserted Bokhari. Taking up legislative business, the House passed a bill ‘the criminal law (amendment) bill, 2012, that aimed at preventing financial loss to innocent public and securing increased investment in the national saving schemes.The House, however, deferred two agenda items and the question-hour about the Ministry of Water and Power due to the absence of ministers.