LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has strongly condemned the government move to bring an ordinance against plea bargaining and said it was a dishonest step besides being an insult to the parliament.
In a statement he said that if the government sincerely wanted to end plea bargaining, it would have moved the issue in the assembly. He said the government was not taking the parliament tin confidence on important issues and was busy in one-wheeling.
The JI chief said that the government had set up a committee comprising members of the Senate and the National Assembly, to decide the issue but so far not a single meeting of the committee had been held. But now the government had decided to bring an ordinance overnight.
He said that the demand for ending plea bargaining had been moved by the JI and it had presented three bills in this regard. However, he said, instead of trying to evolve consensus on the issue, the government had all of a sudden decided to bring an ordinance.
He said that dozens of plunderers had availed the plea bargain provision and had availed remission of billions of rupees and there was need to review their cases. He said this was public money and no individual could write these off.