Senate: (Low attendance persists in Senate)

ISLAMABAD: The Senate continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The sitting started at its scheduled time of 1000 hours with 12 (11%) lawmakers present at the start and 48 (46%) at the time of adjournment.

The House discussed three various issues raised through public petitions which were about enhancement of upper age limit for CSS Examination, oversight by the Senate of various Policy and Administrative Boards/Councils envisaged under various Acts of Parliament and operationalization of National Technology Council.

Convener of the Special Committee on Privilege presented report on the issue of letters written by the Section Officer (Council), Cabinet Division, Islamabad, for cancellation of Senate Business.

The House took up two calling attention notices (CANs). First CAN was about the decision to close the commercial centers at 8 pm in Islamabad while other was related to the delay in the completion of Makhi Farsh Link Canal.

The Chair did not admit an adjournment motion (AM) about non-absorption of two doctors working in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad. Two other AMs were not considered by the House due to absence of mover.

These were related to terrorist attack on a bus at Karachi and statement made by Federal Minister for Information regarding the Ulema and students of religious seminaries.

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