The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution paying tribute to the late Benazir Bhutto.
The PA resumed its session after a two-day break at 3.54pm instead of the scheduled 3pm starting time. The treasury benches took advantage of the absence of the opposition members and passed 9 out of the 14 bills on the agenda.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Ehsanul Haq Naulatia presented the resolution praising Bhutto’s services for the restoration of democracy. It said she had worked hard to bring true democracy but was assassinated. The resolution was approved unanimously.
Almost all other PPP members were attending Bhutto’s death anniversary rally in Garhi Khuda Bux.
Unification bloc leader Sheikh Alauddin moved a resolution demanding that a medical certificate of freedom from thalasemia be made a condition for nikah. The house supported the resolution.
Nine bills were passed despite attempts by some members, including Naulatia, to resist the passage. Another bill was sent back by former Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa with some legal objections was passed again.
Four new bills were introduced after being returned by the standing committees concerned.
The nine bills passed on Thursday were: The Punjab Land Revenue Bill, The Punjab Protection Against The Harassment of Women at the Workplace, The Punjab Partition of Immovable Property Bill, The Women University (Amendment) Bill, The Government College Women University Faisalabad Bill, The Government College Women University Sialkot Bill, The Government College Women University Bahawalpur Bill, The Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency Bill and The Punjab Motion Pictures (Amendment) Bill 2012. The house also passed The Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation (Second Amendment) Bill 2012 again.
The four introduced in the house are: The Punjab Public Service Commission (Second Amendment) Bill 2012, The Punjab Boilers and Pressure Vessels (Amendment) Bill, The Lahore Garrison University Bill and The Punjab Local Government (Fifth Amendment) Bill 2012.
The house was adjourned till Friday morning.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2012.