Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Sanjrani urges Qaiser to allow NA chamber be used for Senate sessions

Number of senators do not allow adopting physical distancing measures to hold Senate session, says Sanjrani

Saqib Virk April 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Monday urged National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to allow NA chamber to be used for holding senate sessions in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

“The Chamber of the Senate of Pakistan, given the number of its members, does not allow adopting any physical distancing measures for holding the session,” the Senate chairman stated in a letter. “Hence, it becomes almost impossible to hold the session of the Senate of Pakistan in the existing chamber and follow the health advisories simultaneously.”

The senate chairman further said that the Covid-19 crises has created unique challenges all over the world which calls for legislative actions on urgent relief packages for communities in need.

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He recalled that the Senate chamber was used to hold NA sessions when a fire destroyed the lower house’s chamber in 1993.

“Those were extraordinary circumstances and today, again there are extraordinary circumstances wherein one House of the Parliament cannot hold a session in its chamber,” the Senate chairman said.

“The National Assembly Chamber may kindly be made available to be used for sitting of the Senate of Pakistan to assume its constitutional role while taking all precautionary measures in view of the health advisories.”

Chairman Sanjrani said he is certain that “together we will be successful in taking measures to protect the citizenry and fight this pandemic effectively.”



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