NA: (Low attendance persists in NA Sitting)

ISLAMABAD: Starting 18 minutes behind the schedule, the National Assembly continued to witness low attendance as only 14 legislators (4%) were present at the start and 18 (5%) at the time of adjournment during the 12th sitting of its ongoing 24th session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet.

The quorum was visibly lacking during the entire sitting, however it was not pointed out by any of the lawmakers in the House. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting while the Leader of the Opposition was present for 25 minutes.

The House witnessed introduction of two bills including the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2015

(Amendment of Article 81), and the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Both bills were referred to relevant committees for further deliberations.

Four bills sponsored by PML-N female lawmaker were deferred by the House due to her absence. These bills included the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2015 (Amendment of Article 11); the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2015; the Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill 2015.

The House adopted two resolutions. The first resolution was regarding steps to control electricity pilferage while other supplementary resolution was about ensuring protection of minority rights in the country.

Tabled by MQM lawmaker, the House discussed a resolution for taking immediate steps for construction of new water reservoirs in order to control the shortage of water. Seventeen lawmakers- PML-N (5), MQM, PPPP, JI, PTI (two each) and one each by JUII-F, PkMAP, QWP and AMLP- spoke on it for 70 minutes.

Four other resolutions not taken up by the House were about marriage grant to federal government employees, reduction in load shedding during the summer season, making the LNG price deal public and elimination of smuggling.

Chairman Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges presented three reports on the Questions of Privilege moved by three lawmakers. The House did not consider the Amendment in rule 192 of the rules of procedure.

Four motions under Rule 259 were dropped by the House due to absence of mover. These motions were about taking concrete steps to stop cross-border terrorist activities, delay in the construction of Islamabad New Airport, non-construction of Kala Bagh Dam and non-utilization of lands and assets of Railways.

One motion under Rule 259 about forming National Commission on Minorities was debated in the House. Seven lawmakers, two each from PTI and PML-N and one each from PPPP, MQM and JUI-F spoke on it for 22 minutes.

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