National Assembly grants extension to NAB (Amend) Ord amid Opp uproar
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser chairs session.
As the session began, PML-N leader Sheikh Fiaz-ud-Din invited Speaker Asad Qaiser’s attention towards the quorum. The speaker resumed assembly’s proceedings after the completion of quorum.
After the quorum completion, State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs tabled the resolution on granting extension to the National Accountability Ordinance. At that moment, Pakistan People’s Party pointed to the quorum, which the speaker ignored and allowed the assembly proceedings for the adoption of the resolution.
On this, the opposition lamented the speaker’s action and staged a strong protest.
MNA Murtaza Javed Abbasi accused the speaker of continuing the house’s proceedings despite pinpointing of the quorum. He said no previous speaker had done such thing. On this, Speaker Asad Qaiser retorted that the MNA did not point out the quorum, rather he was talking on a point of order.
After the passage of the resolution, the speaker prorogued the National Assembly session sine die.
It was the second such extension in the National Accountability Amendment Ordinance
Earlier, while taking the floor, senior PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal lamented that the local bodies had not been restored in Punjab for the last two months. He said the Punjab government was not implementing the Supreme Court order regarding the restoration of local bodies. He called for the reinstatement of the bodies, warning the Punjab government that the apex court could intervene in the event of non-implementation of its order.
During question-answer session, the members brought into the speaker’s notice the illegal housing societies built in the name of important state institutions like Azad Kashmir, Senate and Supreme Court.
Interior Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs Shaukat Ali said that these institutes had nothing to do with these societies. He informed the house that the name of the housing society built in the name of Supreme Court had been changed.
Fake housing societies
MNA Shagufta Jamali said that when she became member of the assembly in 2002, several MNAs deposited their money in the Senate Housing Society. Few MNAs could get back their money, but many still were waiting for their refund.
MNA Iqbal Ahmed said huge fraud was committed in the Jammu and Kashmir Housing Society. On which, the interior secretary said NAB was investigating this case. He informed the house that the PTI government had not granted even a single No Objection Certificate (NOC) to any housing society during its tenure.
Reporter Zeeshan Bhatti