Six lawmakers to represent Senate in PAC
ISLAMABAD: Six lawmakers from the Upper House of Parliament have been selected through balloting for representation in Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The Secretary Senate formally made this announcement on Friday during last sitting of 258th session. He informed the House that six Senators have been selected through balloting to represent Senate in PAC whose names are Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan (Punjab -PML(N), Senator Sherry Rehman (Sindh –PPPP), Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa –PTI), Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri (Balochistan –JUI-F), Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed (Islamabad-PML) and Senator Hidayat Ullah (FATA).
The Senate unanimously amended rules on July 29, 2016 paving way for nominating six senators, three each from treasury and opposition benches, to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the parliament. The government also supported inclusion of members of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
During proceedings of the House, Senate transacted entire agenda on `Orders of the Day’ and the Deputy Chairman Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri presided over the entire sitting for two hours and 37 minutes.
Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi presented reports on the National Commission for International Law and Commitments Bill, 2016; the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 209, and Order of the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for giving acting or current charge to various officers of NAB, in violation of rules.
Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini presented reports against officials for not attending meeting of the Senate Committee on Communications, and Secretary Aviation and the concerned Director of PIA for not giving information on PIA ATR aircraft crash on December 7, 2016.
On behalf of Chairperson, Functional Committee on Human Rights, Senator Farhat Ullah Babar presented reports of the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 and the Juvenile Justice System (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The House discussed the 2nd Biannual Monitoring report on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (January-June, 2016). Seven lawmakers, including State Minister for Interior Baleegh ur Rehman spoke on it for 44 minutes.
The House took up two Calling Attention Notices (CANs). The first CAN was regarding the high fee being charged by the private educational institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory while the other CAN, relating to granting equivalence certificates to O and A Level students by Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), was referred to the relevant committee.
Twelve out of 22 Starred Questions appearing on the agenda were taken up. In addition, lawmakers asked 27 Supplementary Questions.
The entire opposition walked out of the House for five minutes against the Chair for not allowing PPPP lawmaker Zaheer-ud-din Babar Awan to raise a Supplementary Question. As per the law, three Supplementary Questions had already been raised on this specific question related to the health sector.
Later, the Deputy Chairman announced to prorogue session sine die after taking up entire agenda of the sitting.