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National Assembly gives 120-day extension to PPO

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Published: May 15, 2014 04:49 pm

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  • Opposition, JUI-F members stage walkout

ISLAMABAD: Amid a walkout by the Opposition and the JUI-F members, the National Assembly adopted a resolution extending the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2014 for another 120 days with effect from May 22, 2014.

During the 8th sitting of ongoing 11th session, the Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid tabled a resolution seeking extension of
Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) 2014 for another 120 which was approved by a majority vote. The whole opposition and the lawmakers from government’s coalition partner – JUI-F – walked out of the House against the extension of the ordinance.

They left the House before the tabling of the resolution. Zahid Hamid termed it a very important legislation for the defence and security of the country, adding Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has given directions to get it passed through consensus to seek more time for removing misunderstandings about it.

The House also adopted another resolution extending the Gas (Theft Control and Recovery) Ordinance 2014 for a further period of 120 days
with effect from May 23, 2014. The resolution was moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana.

The House debated the law and order situation in the country on a motion under Rule 259 with particular reference to the acts of violence occurred during the last few weeks. The sole member of AMLP Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and a female lawmaker of PML-N Asiya Naz Tanoli discussed it for 21 minutes.

A resolution recommending the provincial governments to develop and implement a social protection policy for children living and working in streets of the country was unanimously passed. Tabled by Minister for Inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada, the House expressed deep appreciation for the team that won bronze medal in Street Child Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

The players of the Street Child Football team witnessed the proceedings of the House. The House took up a calling attention notice
(CAN) sponsored by five PPPP lawmakers including Shazia Mari, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ijaz Hussain Jhakrani, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho and Nafisa Shah which was responded by State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed. It was about a potential threat to natural environment of Islamabad due to ongoing Metro Bus project without prior approval of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency.

Sheikh Aftab told the House that Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus is a revolutionary and feasible project launched for the poor commuters who cannot afford their own vehicle. He said it will provide speedy and cheap traveling facilities to the people of the twin cities. He clarified that this project has been launched after getting an approval from the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency.

The House took up another CAN sponsored by a PTI legislator Khial Zaman Orakzai regarding the number of companies working in gas field and wells producing gas in District Hangu. Taking the floor, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique urged the opposition to do the
politics of issues and not engage the government in non-issues. He warned that the politics of agitation could push the country into chaos and confusion at a time when positive changes are taking place.

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