LAHORE: Due to lack of quorum after the opposition’s boycott of the Punjab Assembly session, the treasury benches on Friday failed to run the government business and lay the most important bill regarding giving fair representation to women in every sector accordingly, the package announced by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
The government was willing to induct women in policy making, giving 30 percent to 50 percent representation to women in different universities, boards, public sector companies, task forces and committees through this proposed bill “Fair Representation of Women Bill 2014”, following the vision of the chief minister in connection with the International Women’s Day.
However, due to lack of interest shown by treasury members in government business and the assembly proceedings, the bill could not be tabled in the House despite the fact that it was on the agenda.
According to the assembly agenda on Friday, the government was also willing to pass this bill within a day through a motion and without sending it to any standing committee for further considerations.
The House had been called to hold a special sitting today (Saturday) on the issue, on the International Women’s Day, through a motion. However, due to lack of quorum, the said motion was also not tabled.
Anyhow, Deputy Speaker Sher Ali called the special session of the Punjab Assembly to highlight the issues of empowerment of women in the province on Saturday at 2pm, in which Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also expected to address the House.
The assembly session on Friday started two hours and 20 minutes late form its schedule time under the chair of Deputy Speaker Sher Ali. After reciting verses from the Holy Quran, the House took up the question hour about the Home Department. Parliamentary Secretary Nazar Hussain replied to the queries, but most of the legislators remained unsatisfied over his replies, as the department did not answer most of the questions correctly.
On this, the chair ordered the parliamentary secretary that he should take strict disciplinary action against the responsible officials for wrong or incorrect answers within a week and inform the House about it.
Opposition party (PPP) member Khuram Wattoo wanted to table an out-of-turn resolution about the issue of Kashmiri students, but the chair did not allow him, so he walked out. Later, the law minister laid the Punjab Public Private Partnership Ordinance 2014. While laying this, an opposition member from the PTI, Arif Abbasi, on a point of order criticised the Metro Bus Service project in Rawalpindi. When the deputy speaker tried to snub his voice about his people’s reservations over the project, he along with other opposition legislators boycotted the session. Resultantly, the chair adjourned the session.
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