KP Assembly passes Finance Bill

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Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Wednesday passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Bill, 2017 and approved 55 demands for grants, reports Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met for three hours and 48 minutes. The sitting started at 1412 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. Forty-five lawmakers (36%) were present at the start and 80 (65%) at the end of the sitting. The Speaker chaired the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was present.

The Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader attended the entire sitting. The Finance Minister remained present during the proceedings. The parliamentary leaders of QWP, JI, ANP and PPPP attended the sitting. Two minority members were present.

The House passed the KP Finance Bill, 2017 and approved 55 more demands for grants of various government departments. Earlier, the House approved four demands for grants in the previous sitting. Minister for Finance laid the Authenticated Schedule of authorized expenditures for the year 2017-18 in the House.

The lawmakers withdrew their all cut motions related to various government departments.

Female lawmakers of PML-N walked out of the House for 30 minutes when the Chair did not allow one of their colleagues to speak about demands for grants.

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