National Assembly takes up entire agenda

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday transacted its entire agenda and passed a government bill related to power sector, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.

The National Assembly met for three hours and 31 minutes. The sitting started at 1032 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours. The Speaker presided over the sitting for an hour and seven minutes while rest of the proceedings was chaired by the Deputy Speaker. The Leader of the House (Prime Minister) did not attend the sitting. The Leader of the Opposition was present for 27 minutes.

As many as 26 (8%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 23 (7%) at the adjournment of the sitting. The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, QWP, JI, PkMAP and APML attended the sitting. Six minority lawmakers were also present.

Tabled by State Minister for Power, the House passed the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The House witnessed presentation of four periodical reports of Standing Committees on Communications, Cabinet Secretariat, Climate Change and Narcotics Control for the period July – December, 2017.

The House took up two Calling Attention Notices (CANs) regarding one-wheeling by the youngsters in the Federal Capital and advertisements to privatize huge Government assets. The House took up ten out of 43 starred questions for answers. In addition, lawmakers asked 23 supplementary questions.

Lawmakers spoke on 24 points of orders consuming an hour and 13 minutes of the proceedings. The Opposition lawmakers staged a token walkout against privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills. The House was adjourned to meet again on Friday (March 16, 2018) at 1030 hours.