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Opposition walks out from Senate over unsatisfactory reply

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Published: April 17, 2014 03:16 pm

ISLAMABAD: The entire opposition walked out from the 3rd sitting of Senate’s 103rd session on Wednesday as they did not receive the satisfactory reply from the Ministry of Finance.

Senator Sughra Imam of PPPP had sought details from the Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar about those government institutions which are being privatized but the ministry did not provide complete list of Public Sector Enterprises. On not getting
the required information, the entire opposition walked out from the House. Later, MQM lawmakers again staged a walkout for 3 minutes over the alleged targeted operation in Karachi.

During the same sitting, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid introduced the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2014 but it was referred to the relevant committee after getting resistance from the opposition members. Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch held two privilege motions in order and referred these to the House Committee on Rules and Privileges. The first motion was moved by Senator Abdul Rauf Khan regarding improper attitude of the DCO Karachi with him while the other privilege motion was about MQM’s Shirala Mallick against the Pakistan International Airline for cancelling her air ticket due to which she could not attend an important meeting.
Nine out of 37 Starred Questions (requiring oral as well written answers) on the Orders of the Day were taken up which were related to
Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance. Additionally, members asked 32 supplementary questions. Ten lawmakers, including
leader of Opposition Aitzar Ahsan, Saeeda Iqbal, Farhat Ullah Babar, and Shahi Syed, spoke on as many points of order, consuming 18 minutes of the proceedings.

Sponsored by MQM lawmaker Col (Retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, the House took up a calling attention notice regarding posting of a junior and unsuitable officer of Grade-20 as Secretary, Benazir Income Support Programme.

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