Furthermore, only one officer, not below BS-20 from Ministries/Divisions will be required to ensure presence in the galleries. All senators and every other individual entering the Parliament House will go through thermal gun screening. Parliamentary Reporter Association will shortlist 10-12 journalists/reporters for entry into the Parliament Building (Press Gallery) in view of limited space. Keeping in view limitation of space in the House, seats have been allocated only to the Leader of the House, leader of the Opposition, Ministers and Parliamentary Party Leaders and other senators may assume available seats as and when they come, without a pre-allocated seating plan. All senators will use mask, gloves and sanitizer, which will be provided at their tables.
Earlier, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjarani had announced the session upon the opposition’s requisition. Sanjrani while presiding over a session of the Senate House Business Advisory Committee, had said that less staff should be present on the day of the session. National Assembly held its first session after nearly two months on Monday, despite several members testing positive for the dread virus.
Last week, Saleem Mandviwalla Deputy Chairman Senate had suggested that the sessions of both Houses of Parliament should be postponed after two parliamentarians were found infected with the coronavirus.