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No private members’ bill passed in National Assembly

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Published: November 25, 2014 07:10 pm

national assembly newISLAMABAD: The PML-N led government seems less inclined towards private members’ bills as none of them have been passed during the 15 sessions of the incumbent National Assembly held so far.

An analysis of FAFEN’s data shows 58 private members’ bills being introduced in 15 sessions of the Lower House. However, none of them were passed. On the other hand, 15 out of 18 government bills were passed during the same period, while three bills are still pending with the relevant committees.

The main reason for not entertaining private bills might be the fact that PML-N holds the majority of the seats (189 out of 340) in the House.

In comparison, the 13th National Assembly – which was led by PPPP – passed a total of four out of 65 private bills in its first 15 sessions. Similarly, 12 government bills were passed in the corresponding period in the presence of a hung parliament as a result of a divided mandate.

Out of the 58 private bills, 10 were regarding amendments in the Constitution; nine related to amendment in criminal laws and three seeking amendments in the Representation of the People Act 1976. In addition, two bills each were about amendments in the Islamabad Rent Restriction Act, Civil Servants Act and National Database and Registration Authority Act.

Other private bills included the Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape (Prevention & Punishment) Act 2014; the Protection of Journalists Act 2014; the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2014; the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2014; the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill 2014; the Compulsory Blood Test of the Relatives of Thalassemia Patient Act 2014; the Telegraph (Amendment) Act 2014; the Suppression of Terrorist Activities (Special Courts) (Amendment) Act 2014; the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace (Amendment) Act 2014; the Child Protection System Bill 2014; National Air Transportation Safety Board Act 2014; Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2014; the Disabled Persons Employment and Rehabilitation (Amendment) Act 2014; the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2014; Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014; Hindu Marriage Act 2014; the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill 2014; the Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Act 2014; the Education of the Holy Quran according to recitation by sighting and with translation, learning by heart and with correct pronunciation Bill 2014; the Ratification of International Treaties Act 2013; the Publication of the Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and Recording Errors) Act 2013; the Political Parties Order (Amendment) Bill 2013; HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Act 2013 and the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2013.

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