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MPs walk out against prolonged load-shedding

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Published: June 22, 2015 05:20 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The entire opposition in the National Assembly walked out of the House against the unscheduled electricity load-shedding in the country on Monday.

As soon as the sitting started, the lawmakers belonging to ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf stood up and protested in front of the Speaker’s dais.

Holding placards in their hands, the opposition parliamentarians demanded of the government to immediately end load-shedding and urged the Chair to allow them to speak on the matter of public importance.

The opposition lawmakers called upon the government to take remedial steps and provide relief to the people during the sizzling heat. They criticised the government’s negligence and chanted slogans against it.

The lawmakers raised nine points of order, mostly on the power outages, that consumed 38 minutes of the sitting. Later, the entire opposition walked out of the House at 1210 hours and did not return to the House till the adjournment of the proceedings.

Earlier, the sitting started 26 minutes behind the schedule with 59 lawmakers (17%) present at the start and 96 (28%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader and Finance Minister were present for nearly the entire duration.

A maximum of 153 members (45%) attended the proceedings. Parliamentary leaders of AMLP, ANP, JI, APML, MQM, QWP and PML-Z were present while five minority members attended the proceedings.

In the absence of opposition lawmakers, the House approved 49 demands for grants and rejected all the cut motions. The House approved 22 demands for grants of the Cabinet Division, followed by Interior Ministry (11), and Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources (four each). In addition, two demands each against the Ministry of Water and Power and Ministry of National Food Security and Research were approved during the sitting.

The quorum was pointed out by a PPPP lawmaker, Imran Zafar Leghari, at 1225 hours but was found to be complete upon counting.

The next sitting will be held on Tuesday at 10 am.

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