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Senate passes four bills in 257th session

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Published: December 27, 2016 08:23 pm

ISLAMABAD: The Senate passed four bills and witnessed introduction of six legislative proposals during 257th session which were forwarded to relevant committees for further deliberations.

The bills passed by the House included the Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2015; the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisers) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The session witnessed introduction of six Private Members’ bills, including the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Islamabad Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions (Registration and Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 251); the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Substitution of Article 251); the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016 and the Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016. A bill – the Drug Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – was withdrawn by its mover.

The House took up heavy agenda during five sittings held between December 19, 2016 and December 23, 2016. It discussed government decision to place five regulatory bodies under the control of ministries after suo motu notice taken by the Senate Chairman. The Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid defended the government’s position on the subject during the debate. However, the Chair reserved his ruling over.

With an average of 15% Senators present at the start and 17% at the end of each sitting, the session transacted most of the agenda, appearing on Orders of the Day. A maximum of 70% members, on average, attended the session along with the presence of two minority lawmakers.


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