NA Session: 3 Bills Including CPEC Authority Passed Amid Opposition Protest

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

01st Feb, 2021. 08:49 pm
NA Session: 3 Bills Including CPEC Authority Passed Amid Opposition Protest

The National Assembly passed three bills, including the Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Bill, amid a flurry of opposition members.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser allowed Babar Awan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, to introduce two bills before the CPEC Authority Bill.

In addition, the Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs presented the Federal Medical Teaching Institute Ordinance 2020 in the National Assembly.

Without giving the opposition a chance to speak, the Speaker started clause-wise approval of the CPEC Authority Bill.

Members of opposition parties gathered in front of the dice of the Speaker National Assembly and tore up copies of the bill and agenda.

The opposition chanted slogans in front of the Speaker of the National Assembly: “Flour thief, sugar thief, petrol thief”.

During the National Assembly session, the Public-Private Partnership Authority Amendment Bill 2020 was passed despite the noise of the opposition.

Addressing the opposition, the Speaker of the National Assembly said that one of you wants to talk about it.

He said that you can speak on it but the said offer of the Speaker National Assembly was turned into a slogan by the opposition members.

During the tumult of the opposition, the Speaker again gave the floor to Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Aliya Hamza.

Aliya Hamza spoke out against PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz and demanded an apology for comments about the first lady.

She asked the Speaker of the National Assembly to allow him to file a privilege motion against Maryam Nawaz on the issue.

Without naming Maryam Nawaz, she said that an unelected member of parliament, who had recently taken elected members hostage, had used objectionable language against women who had nothing to do with politics.

Aliya Hamza alleged that several MNAs sitting on opposition benches belonged to the land grabbers mafia and had illegally occupied government land.

The parliamentary secretary was still speaking when the speaker adjourned the meeting till Tuesday afternoon.

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