ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution with majority vote to disapprove the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2017, in the absence of Prime Minister, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).
The Senate met for three hours and 14 minutes. The sitting started two minutes behind the scheduled time of 1500 hours. The House had a prayer break of 18 minutes. The Chairman presided over the sitting for an hour and 50 minutes while the rest of proceedings were chaired by the Deputy Chairman.
The Leader of the House attended the entire sitting while the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the proceedings. Parliamentary leaders of PPPP, MQM, BNP-M, PML-F, ANP, PkMAP, JUI-F and JI attended the proceedings. Twenty members (19% of the total membership -104) were present at the outset and 18 (17%) at the end of sitting.
The House adopted a resolution with majority vote to disapprove the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2017. Thirty-three lawmakers voted in favour of the resolution while 21 lawmakers went against it. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the National School of Public Policy (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 which was forwarded to the relevant committee.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the Civil Servants (Service in International Organizations) Rules, 2016. On behalf of Chairman Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, an MQM lawmaker presented two separate reports on the Islamabad Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls Bill, 2016 and supplementary question about closure of NADRA center in Buleda, Balochistan.
Chairman Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges presented report on a Privilege Motion against the Federal Public Service Commission for conducting interviews against the post of Executive Director, Federal Government Poly Clinic Islamabad, on promotion quota, in violation of rules and recommendations of the concerned Senate Standing Committee.
The Chair rejected an Adjournment Motion (AM) on blast incident at Gaddani Ship Breaking Yard as the issue had already been discussed by the House. Following motion under Rule 194(1), the House gave extension of five working days to Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges for presenting report on a Privilege Motion against a Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Finance.
Another motion under Rule 194 (1) seeking five-day extension with effect from February 21, 2017 for presentation of report of the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges against Chairman CDA was deferred.
The House passed a motion under Rule 204 to constitute a Special Committee comprising all Members of the Senate from the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which will examine the existing condition of Bacha Khan Airport and the need for expansion and renovation work of the airport. The House deferred discussion on the third Quarterly Report for the year 2015-2016 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the economy.