Fafen: (Punjab Assembly sitting marked by low attendance)

ISLAMABAD: The third sitting of the Punjab Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by presentation of five ordinances and low attendance of lawmakers, said Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) here on Thursday.

The sitting started 69 minutes behind the schedule with 26 legislators (7%) present at the start and 98 (27%) at the time of adjournment. The Leader of the House and the Opposition Leader did not attend the sitting. Among parliamentary leaders, only the PPPP and JI leaders were present.

The Minister for Labour and Human Resource presented the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Ordinance 2015, the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers)(Amendment) Ordinance 2015, the Punjab Social Protection Authority Ordinance 2015 and the Lahore Arts Council (Amendment) Ordinance 2015. The quorum was pointed out by a female lawmaker belonging to PML. However, it was found to be complete upon counting.

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