Senate condemns terrorist attacks on ANP, PML-N leaders in KPK

Islamabad: The Senate debated previous day’s terrorist attacks in KPK as the House took up more than two-third private members’ agenda on the Orders of the Day of the 5th sitting of the Senate 100th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet based on direct observation of the Senate.

On the request of an ANP senator the Chair allowed lawmakers to speak about law and order in KP especially yesterday’s terrorist attacks on ANP and PML-N leaders, resulting in the killing of the former. Thirteen lawmakers shared their views in the 66-minute debate that took place on points of order.

A JUI-F lawmaker led the House in a fatiha prayer for those killed in the terrorist attacks and for the father of a PML-N lawmaker who has recently passed away.

Although the agenda on the Orders of the Day of the private members’ sitting was heavily set the House took up more than 66% of it. The proceedings witnessed the introduction of three bills, took up two resolutions for debate along with four Motions under Rule 218.

Low attendance was observed as only ten senators were present at the outset, 16 at the adjournment and a maximum 29 at a point during the proceedings. However, both the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition attended the entire sitting.

A PPPP lawmaker moved a privilege motion against disallowing Senate to debate the privatization of PIA. The motion was not sent to the privileges committee as the arguments of the mover of the motion will be heard in a later sitting.

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