NA witnesses one in every of its briefest sittings


ISLAMABAD:

The National Assembly’s sitting on Monday was one of many briefest within the nation’s parliamentary historical past because the chair adjourned the session simply after the recitation from the Holy Quran and providing of Fateha for veteran politician Mumtaz Ali Bhutto.

Of the 342 members of the decrease home, solely 12 lawmakers had been current within the meeting corridor aside from Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, PML-N’s Murtaza Javed Abbasi, PPP’s Syed Naveed Qamar and Agha Rafi Ullah and JI’s Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali.

No minister was current within the meeting when the sitting started and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri adjourned the session until July 30 as if in haste earlier than anybody might level out lack of quorum.

According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business within the National Assembly 2007, if at any time throughout a sitting, consideration of the chair is drawn to the truth that lower than one-fourth of the entire membership of the meeting is current, he shall both droop the enterprise till at the very least one-fourth of such membership is current, or trigger the bells to be rung for 5 minutes.

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The rules state that if no quorum is obtainable even on resumption of the proceedings after suspension or, when the bells cease ringing, the speaker shall adjourn the sitting for the following working day offered that the suspension of the enterprise of the sitting shall not be for a couple of hour.

Condemning this “joke” with the parliamentary enterprise, Abbasi – who can also be PML-N chief whip – mentioned the federal authorities referred to as the parliamentary sitting solely to finish the requisite variety of parliamentary days.

“There is an army of ministers [in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet] but none of them attended the sitting today. No other party has ever insulted the parliament in this manner,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the opposition had requested the federal government to not name a parliamentary sitting on Monday [a day before the start of holidays for Eidul Azha] however the authorities didn’t settle for that proposal.

“A parliamentary session costs millions of rupees to the exchequer but no business is conducted. Nothing happened in the sitting today. If you had called a session, you should at least have allowed some proceeding on Question Hour and Point of Order,” he mentioned.

According to sources, the federal government convened the National Assembly sitting on Monday as a way to full the requisite variety of “working days” on this parliamentary yr.

It is obligatory for the decrease home of parliament to stay in session for at the very least 130 “working days”. The sittings embody three joint sittings of the 2 homes of parliament. Under the rules, the 2 days sandwiched between two working days are additionally counted because the session days.

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Rule 47 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business within the National Assembly 2012 states that there shall be at the very least three classes of the meeting yearly.

“[Moreover] not more than 120 days shall intervene between the last sitting of the assembly in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session: provided that the assembly shall meet for not less than one hundred and thirty working days in each parliamentary year,” it says.

Meanwhile, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser on Monday ordered authorities to conduct a 3rd social gathering audit to determine the manufacturing price of tobacco. The speaker was chairing a gathering of the NA Special Committee on Agricultural Products.

The Ministry of Security extra secretary opposed the thought of a 3rd social gathering audit. However, the speaker famous that to make legal guidelines, amend legal guidelines and implement legal guidelines within the job of the parliament.

 (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM HASEEB HANIF)

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