Joint session of parliament votes on FATF-ralted payments

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ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has summoned a joint session of parliament on Wednesday to vote on necessary payments associated to Pakistan’s obligations to the Financial  Action Task Force (FATF).

The joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate will take up the Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) invoice and Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill to satisfy the necessities of the FATF for passage.

The two FATF-related payments had been rejected by the Senate final month.

Adviser to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan additionally moved a movement on Monday beneath Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the House to refer two payments to the joint sitting as offered by the Constitution. The movement was adopted by the House.

The joint session is scheduled to satisfy on the Parliament House at 4pm.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a gathering of mixed parliamentary events of the ruling coalition to debate the technique for the necessary laws.

According to sources, the prime minister has directed the lawmakers to make sure their presence on the assembly to be held at 02:30pm on the Parliament House.

Bills rejected in Senate

On August 25, the opposition-ruled Senate had rejected the payments earlier adopted by the NA, as two main opposition events – the PML-N and PPP – declined to assist them.

The two events insisted that the Leader of the House ought to withdraw his remarks in opposition to their management and the laid-down process regarding the payments be adopted.

However, Dr Shahzad Waseem, who represents the prime minister within the House, maintained that he had not named anybody and made a common assertion that Pakistan had not been placed on the gray listing in the course of the PTI authorities.

The PPP legislators had been adamant that Dr Waseem ought to make clear that no political management however the Foreign Office had issued a notification in opposition to different individuals and outfits, together with Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Awan had moved the payments for consideration and adoption. However, each had been rejected via the voice vote.

Babar was of the view that the chair might use its discretionary energy for consideration and passage of the payments, preserving in view the nationwide safety and pursuits, as members of all events had already debated and regarded the payments.