The PPP-led opposition parties in the Senate defeated the government on Wednesday by adopting a resolution stating that a person who can not become a member of the parliament should not "become an office-bearer of any political party".
The resolution, presented by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, stated that a person, who is not eligible to become a member of the Parliament or has been disqualified, can not lead any political party, Geo News reported.
The parliament, thus, is "exposed to becoming hostage to a person who himself is barred from entering it", the resolution states.
The resolution was approved by the Senate with 52 votes in favour and 28 against it.
Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, the leader of the House, also said there was no need to table the resolution as the Senate had already dealt with the issue.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid said he saw no reason to adopt such a resolution and cast his suspicions over the intent behind its passage.
Later, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan, while speaking on a point of order, asked the PPP as why they have forgoten founder of their party and late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto by bringing the resolution which negates the PPP policy.
He said the legislation passed by the parliament was aimed to strike down the law introduced by another military dictator.
In September, an amendment to the Election Act 2017 sailed through the parliament paving the way for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head the PML-N as president following his disqualification by the Supreme Court in Panamagate case.
Nawaz was then elected the PML-N chief after President Mamnoon Hussain signed the bill into law.
The House prorogued sine die.