Islamabad: Senate on Friday passed the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2022 amid the opposition’s protest.

The government presented the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in the Senate after the legislation sailed through the National Assembly (NA) yesterday despite a protest from the opposition members and voices on lack of quorum in the House.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani chaired today’s session in which the bill was tabled. The opposition senators protested over the presentation of the bill and chanted slogans against the government. The opposition lawmakers also surrounded the dice of the Senate’s chairman to disrupt the proceedings.

Senator Shahzad Waseem urged the chairman to stop bulldozing the session. Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman pointed out the lack of quorum in the Senate. Sanjrani asked the lawmakers to return to their seats, otherwise, quorum would not be ascertained. However, PTI senators walked out of the Upper House.

Senate Chairman said that 24 votes came in favour of the Islamabad LG amendment bill and it was opposed by 12 senators.