Pas­sage of de­lim­i­ta­tion bill de­layed fur­ther

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Pas­sage of the de­lim­i­ta­tion bill was de­layed again in the Se­nate as the gov­ern­ment, which has ap­par­ently failed to garner sup­port from the op­po­si­tion par­ties, re­frained from pre­sent­ing the bill be­fore the up­per house on Wed­nes­day, DawnNews re­ported. The 24th con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment will al­low the con­duct of de­lim­i­ta­tion of con­stituen­cies on the ba­sis of pro­vi­sional cen­sus re­sults and has al­ready been passed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly ear­lier this month.The Se­nate had been un­able to pass the bill on Novem­ber 17 as sev­eral leg­is­la­tors had re­mained ab­sent from the ses­sion on that day. Only 58 of the 104 se­na­tors had at­tended the ses­sion. The bill was placed on the Se­nate’s agenda again on No- vem­ber 20. How­ever, the ab­sence of law­mak­ers had once again de­layed the pas­sage of the bill. The leader of the house, Raja Za­farul Haq, had sought de­fer­ment for two days and the bill was placed on Se­nate’s agenda for to­day. How­ever, to­day the vot­ing on the bill was de­ferred un­til Fri­day. Ear­lier, Se­nate Chair­man Raza Rab­bani held a meet­ing with Za­farul Haq and Op­po­si­tion leader in Se­nate Aitzaz Ah­san. Ex­press­ing his con­cern, Rab­bani said that elec­tions must be held on time and re­quested both the lead­ers to play their role in mak­ing it pos­si­ble. The bill is meant to pave the way for the timely con­duct of the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions, he said. Ah­san said, “Only a few days have gone by, not months,” adding that soon the bill will be passed. Talk­ing to the me­dia fol­low­ing his meet­ing with the chair­man, Ah­san said that ne­go­ti­a­tions for the ap­proval of the bill are still on­go­ing. “A fi­nal de­ci­sion is yet to be reached on the mat­ter,” he added. “The PPP should be asked why it has op­posed the bill,” Se­na­tor Haq, also speak­ing to the me­dia, said. “Ne­go­ti­a­tions with the PPP are on­go­ing,” he said, adding that he was not aware what con­di­tions the party has set. Dur­ing the ses­sion, Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-Fazl Se­na­tor Hafiz Ham­dul­lah protested against not be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to speak and tore a copy of the agenda be­fore walk­ing out of the Se­nate.

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