18th amendment bill to tabled in Senate on Monday

The historic 18th amendment bill could not be tabled in the Senate Session due to unavailability of two-third majority Senators in the House on Friday.

18th amendment bill was to be tabled in the Upper House but due to unavailability of two-third majority members of senate it could not be tabled and Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek had to adjourn session till Monday at 5:00 PM.

The bill, which was unanimously approved by the National Assembly on Thursday, would be tabled in the upper house now on Monday.

Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek has directed leader of the house in Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari to ensure attendance of senators in next session to get approval of bill.

On the other hand, Chairman Senate while expressing annoyance over absence of Federal Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan in the house has directed him to come in next session at all cost to reply questions raised by senators with regard to his ministry.

He made it clear action would be taken against ministers in case of continuous absent from the upper house. Earlier, Speaking at a point of order, Senator Professor Khursheed told the house that US aims to setup military base in Pakistan. After request of US Assistant Secretary of State, Government of Pakistan has assured to allot lands to US in Peshawar for repairing of US aircrafts and helicopters, he said.

200 US marines are operating in Pakistan, he said, adding that, US security company “Dyne corps” is also involved in anti state activities.

Senator Professor Khursheed also asked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to inform the house about US meddling in Pakistan.

Government, he said, is not releasing funds to Korean company for construction of Lowari Tunnel. He demanded of the Government to release funds so that the construction work could be completed at stipulated time.

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