Opposition continues to walk out of Senate over PM’s absence


ISLAMABAD – Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani convened Senate session on Monday while on point of order Opposition Leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said that he had heard Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif visited National Assembly (NA) but did not address the senate so he had decided to walk out,

United opposition on this matter continued to stage walkouts from the house the sixth day while 17-point agenda lasted for half an hour after Opposition’s walkout.

Senator Babar Awan presented bill for representation of female judges in high courts. Babar Awan said that not even a single female judge could hold office as Supreme Court judge for 70 years and had not been nominated in judicial commission. Government should not oppose the bill, he added.

Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said that government had never opposed the bill but SC had allocated one-third presence of female judges which summed up to be 6 in number. He said that it would be too early and premature decision to set the number.

After disagreement by the government over the bill, Chairman conducted voting over the issue after which 23 votes were cast in favour and 15 against the bill.

Government coalition parties including National Party (NP) and Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) also voted in favour of the bill while Chairman handed over the bill to the concerned standing committee.

Senator Abdul Qayum presented a resolution over presenting the proofs of Indian interference in Pakistan before the global community. The bill was passed unanimously. Chairman of the Senate postponed the meeting till Tuesday afternoon at 3pm.



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