Punjab PA passes two bills

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed The Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording) (Amendment) Bill 2021 and The Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Privileges (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Both the draft laws had been moved by private members.

The session started 1 hour and 46 minutes late than its scheduled time with Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi in the chair.

The Holy Quran printing bill was moved by the PML-Q’s Sajid Ahmed Khan and the privileges bill by the PPP’s Makhdoom Usman Mahmood.

Earlier, the ruling PTI’s Sardar Shahabud Din and the PML-N’s Khalil Tahir Sindhu exchanged words when the former alleged that during the N League’s rule the communication & works sector was neglected, badly damaging the road infrastructure built by Mr Elahi’s government back in 2002-07.

Mr Sindhu challenged the PTI man, saying he could produce a file containing the “favours” Mr Shahab secured for his constituency alone by approaching the then principal secretary to chief minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah.

During the proceedings, various treasury and opposition members also showed their anger over the “cold shoulder” being given by the authorities concerned to the resolutions passed by the house.

Outside the assembly building, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told the media that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had put the province on the path to development and prosperity and the recently-passed budget bill gave a further boost to the uplift activities.

She gave the details of second phase of the‘Khidmat Aap Ki Dehleez Par’programme that was launched on Tuesday.

She said the PPP’s political worth might be gauged from the fact that the party was unable to even field its candidates in most of the constituencies in the Azad Kashmir elections scheduled next month.

The SACM said it seemed that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari visited the AJK to enjoy cold weather, whereas Sindhis were suffering because of the harshness of “bad governance, corruption, nepotism and political indifference”.

She said whenever former president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before the NAB, he attempted to appear as a frail and weak person, but he looked healthy and hearty at “parties” and political gatherings.

Published in Dawn, June 30th, 2021

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