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Points of Order consume 50 percent of NA Proceedings

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Published: January 23, 2018 09:22 pm

ISLAMABAD: The quorum issue persisted in the National Assembly on Tuesday as the sitting remained suspended for 61 minutes while half of the proceedings’ time was consumed in points of order.

The lawmakers spoke on 19 Points of Order consuming 88 minutes (50 percent) of the proceedings. Most of the lawmakers condemned the remarks of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Awami Muslim League leaderships against the Parliament.

PTI lawmaker Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khali complained that his party MNAs were not given opportunity to reply to the criticism made on the Chairman, PTI. PPPP lawmaker Abdul Sattar Bachani condemned the contemptuous remarks made by Mr. Imran Khan and Shaikh Rashid Ahmed against the Parliament.

Mr. Sheryar Afridi said that person specific law was passed by the Parliament and no law was passed for the welfare of an ordinary man. Minister for Law and Justice Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk requested to take up important business on the Orders of the Day.

MNA Mahmood Khan Achakzai suggested for allotment of at least two days for debate on the issue of contempt of Parliament after controversial statements made by Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, MNA and Mr. Imran Khan, MNA/Chairman PTI.

Ms. Marvi Memon requested to take up important Bills /Reports on the Orders of the Day while Muhammad Raza Hayat Hiraj said that due respect to the Parliament and the Chair should be given by everyone.

Independent lawmaker Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar said person specific law was passed by the Parliament and no law was passed for the welfare of ordinary man.

Shazia Marri condemned the remarks made by Mr. Imran Khan and Shaikh Rashid Ahmed cursing the Parliament while Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din said that respect to the Parliament and the Chair should be given by everyone.

MQM MNA Sajid Ahmed said the Members who are cursing the Parliament should resign from the Parliament and return their salaries to the public exchequer. Ms. Ayesha Syed also spoke for giving  respect the Parliament and the Chair  while MNA Lal Chand criticized the provincial Government of Sindh.

MNA Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon stressed for legislation to ensure punishment to those involved in contempt of the Parliament. Capt (Retd) Muhammad Safdar condemned the conduct of the PTI members and their behavior towards the Chair.

Mr. Sajid Nawaz complained regarding non-installation of electricity meters and huge electricity Bills in his Constituency and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi directed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed to look into the matter.

A PTI lawmaker Arif Alvi pointed out the quorum at 1045 hours which led to the suspension of the proceedings for an hour and one minute. The lawmakers belonging to PTI staged a five-minute protest against a ruling of the Chair to expunge a remark of a PTI lawmaker.

The House witnessed introduction of the National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the House. The bill was referred to the relevant standing committee for further consideration.

Chairman Standing Committee on Interior Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan presented the reports of the committee on the Compulsory Solid Waste Management and Recycling Bill, 2017 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The House did not take up the Acid and Burn Crime Bill, 2017, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (section 489F) and the Federal Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The House did not take up three private members’ bills, four resolutions, fourteen reports of the standing committees and two motions to amend the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business unaddressed.

The next sitting will be held on January 24, 2018 at 1030 hours.

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