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November 16th, 2011

In-camera proceedings on Qadiani issue: Speaker releases report

Submitted by Rashid Jahangiri.


BUSINESS RECORDER (Pakistan’s Financial Daily) November 15, 2011

In-camera proceedings on Qadiani issue: Speaker releases report
November 15, 2011

The Federal Government Monday unveiled 37-year-old secret proceedings of joint sitting of the Parliament of 1974 that put Qadianis outside the pale of Islam.

The Speaker of the National Assembly released a 21-volume official report on the proceedings of the Special Committee of the whole House held in-camera to consider the Qadiani issue.

The first in-camera joint sitting was convened in 1974 by the then Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, to discuss the situation after anti-Qadiani riots.

Business Recorder already has published an exclusive story on August 19, 2011, informing its readers that the Federal Government may unveil 37-year-old secret proceedings of the Parliament.

Two volumes of this report are available with Business Recorder.
Well-placed sources in the National Assembly told Business Recorder that the House is likely to debate on the report.

The Sources said that only the Speaker of the National Assembly has the authority to declassify secret proceedings of the Parliament.

The outcome of the discussions of joint sitting of the Parliament in 1974 was the passage of the constitutional amendment Article 260(3)(b).” A look on these documents shows arguments of various members including Chairman of the Special Committee of the Whole House, Sahibzada Farooq Ali.

A delegation of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed took part in the proceedings to answer queries.

Speaking on behalf of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, Mirza Nasir Ahmed gave answers to many questions from the members in the first sitting of the session.

See: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/single/599/172/1251267/

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