Govt bull­dozes sev­eral bills through NA

PML-N’s Khawaja Asif says govt has made a mock­ery of par­lia­ment by re­sort­ing to such prac­tice

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ISLAMABAD: The PTI govt on Thurs­day bull­dozed sev­eral bills, in­clud­ing Pak­istan Med­i­cal Com­mis­sion Bill, through the Na­tional As­sem­bly de­spite a hue and cry raised by the op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers, with the PML-N call­ing it ‘mock­ery of par­lia­ment’.

The bills ap­proved in­cluded the Med­i­cal Tri­bunal Bill, Pak­istan Med­i­cal Com­mis­sion Bill and Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Hous­ing Au­thor­ity Bill in ad­di­tion to an amend­ment in the anti-ter­ror­ism au­thor­ity bill. The Na­tional As­sem­bly also ap­proved the Naya Pak­istan Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity bill 2019, in­her­i­tance cer­tifi­cate bill and women in­her­i­tance rights bills. The gov­ern­ment took about 30 min­utes for the pas­sage of all these bills.

Af­ter the ses­sion, for­mer for­eign minister and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif lashed out at the gov­ern­ment for “in­sult­ing” the par­lia­ment and “making a mock­ery out of it”.

Re­fer­ring to the ap­proval of 11 out of 15 bills in the House ear­lier in the day, Asif said that the gov­ern­ment wrapped up the pro­ceed­ings in 20-25 min­utes and ad­journed the ses­sion. “What­ever hap­pened to­day was an in­sult to the par­lia­ment,” he added.

Speak­ing about Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lamFazl’s (JUI-F) Azadi March, Asif said the gov­ern­ment was cre­at­ing hur­dles for the par­tic­i­pants. “The gov­ern­ment had asked the of­fi­cials of CDA to look af­ter the pro­test­ers but they had been ask­ing for food from the lat­ter,” he said, adding that the water sup­ply near the Azadi March venue has also been cut off and in­ter­net ser­vices are un­avail­able in the area.

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