Mandviwalla wants Senate, NA sessions postponed over virus concerns

Senate, NA sessions postponed for a day

By: News Desk      Published: 10:42 PM, 10 May, 2020
Mandviwalla wants Senate, NA sessions postponed over virus concerns
Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla.–File photo

Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla said on Sunday that National Assembly and Senate sessions should be postponed since two parliamentarians have been found infected with novel coronavirus.

“The virus has reached the parliamentary galleries,” he said while expressing his concern at reports of parliamentarians and assembly staffers contracting coronavirus.

“More lawmakers and staffers are likely to be affected from the virus,” he said, warning that summoning a session at this time could have serious consequences.

Saleem Mandviwalla said that proceedings of both the houses of the parliament should be delayed and it should be ensured that no one enters the premises without being tested.

It is pertinent to mention here that with a session of the National Assembly slated to get under way on Monday, two members of the lower house of the parliament were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Sunday.

However, Senate and National Assembly sessions for postponed for a day later on Sunday evening. Now the sessions of both houses of the parliament will take place on Tuesday, May 12.