Balochistan Assembly adopts 11 resolutions during 36th session
ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan adopted 11 resolutions on various matters of public importance during its 36th session.
The lawmakers belonging to different political parties tabled 12 resolutions either individually or jointly during the session that was prorogued sine die after convening six sittings between January 6 and January 20, 2017.
The adopted resolutions were regarding condemnation of killings of Muslims in Myanmar and urging the Federal Government to highlight this issue at international fora; calling upon the government to ensure sale and purchase of mobile phones through their original invoices and CNICs’ photocopies; condemning atrocities of Indian Army in the Occupied Kashmir and violations on the Line of Control (LoC), demanding the government to take effective measures against gas load-shedding as well as low tariff rates for gas consumers of the province; calling for up-gradation of facilities at Zhob Airport; urging the Federal Government to fill the vacant posts and restoring the dismissed employees of the Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan; calling for ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) planes in dilapidated condition and decrease its fares; paying tribute to the Chief Minister and his cabinet for giving assurance on the floor of House regarding provision of employment opportunities to youth on around 26,000 vacant posts in various public departments within 90 days; asking for construction of an alternate airport in the province; urging the government to formalize a systematic plan to cope up with climate and weather changes and pressing the provincial government to ensure implementation of job quota reserved for disabled persons in the province.
Meanwhile, the House was unable to bring any legislative business on the agenda during the entire 36th session. The only amendment to Assembly’s Rules of Procedure which was moved by PkMPA lawmaker was referred to relevant committee. The mover of the amendment proposed for insertion of new rule for empowering the standing committees to constitute sub-committees.
Two audit reports were laid in the House. A PkMAP male lawmaker moved an Adjournment Motion during first sitting to discuss the killing of a tribal leader in district Qila Abdullah. The House disposed of the motion and no further debate was held on the issue.
Lawmakers belonging to PkMAP submitted four Privilege Motions (PM) during the reporting period. The Presiding Officer while giving his ruling referred four motions to the concerned committees while one motion was disposed of. In addition, lawmakers raised 48 Points of Order (POs) that consumed three hours and seven minutes of the session’s time. The highest number of Points of Order (14) was raised during the second sitting consuming 58 minutes, while four POs took 17 minutes of the proceedings’ time during last (6th) sitting.
The lawmakers belonging to JUI-F and ANP walked out of the House for seven minutes during sixth sitting against the Chair for not allowing the Leader of the Opposition to speak on a Privilege Motion. Quorum was pointed out twice during the reporting period. During fifth sitting, a lawmaker belonging to ANP pointed out quorum that led to early adjournment of the sitting, while quorum was pointed out second time during sixth sitting by a JUI-F lawmaker, but this time head count was done and the quorum was found to be complete.