NA: (Women voters will not be stopped from using their right of franchise, NA told)

ISLAMABAD: Replying to a call attention notice moved by Shazia Mari and others on Tuesday regarding an agreement of the locals to disenfranchise the women voters in recent by-election in PK-95, Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed told the House that the Election Commission has taken a suo-moto action on the matter and summoned Chief Secretary, KPK and other concerned officials.

He said it will be ensured that women voters will not be stopped from using their right of franchise. He said casting vote is basic right of every eligible voter and they cannot be stopped from casting their votes.

The National Assembly offered fateha for the departed souls of six children who lost their lives in a fire incident in Lahore recently. The House also offered fateha for the departed soul of former member of National Assembly Haji Rehmanullah.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi moved “The Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill, 2014″ in the House for consideration.

The Bill provides for levy and collection of the gas infrastructure development cess. The opposition members opposed the Bill saying the matter should first come to the Council of Common Interests to find a mutual solution.

They said provinces should be taken into confidence before levying the cess. They were of the view that the bill will have negative effect on smaller provinces. They said that the bill should come in the shape of a finance bill in the budget.

They pleaded that the bill is in violation of articles 77, 153 and 158 of the constitution. They said imposition of cess before the budget is injustice to the provinces.

Those who opposed the Bill included Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Nawab Yousaf Talpur.

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