Three important bills including the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Second Election Amendment Bill 2021, and the Kulbhushan Jadhav bill allowing him the right to appeal, were passed at the joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday amid the hues and cry of the opposition.
Adviser to Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Bbar Awan presented the bills related to the use of EVMs and the Second Election Amendment Bill 2021. These bills were passed with the majority.
Later, the joint sitting also passed the bill allowing Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal in the ICJ, presented by Federal Law and Justice Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem.
As the bills were passed, the opposition started making hues and cry and tore the copies of the agenda. The Speaker NA tried to maintain the decorum of the house, but the opposition continued disturbing the house.
The government also passed a plethora of bills in today’s session, including the Islamabad Capital Territory Charities Registration, Regulation, and Facilitation Bill, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Banking Services Corporation Amendment Bill, 2021and National College of Arts Institute Bill, 2021.
The two bills of the Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021, and the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trail) Bill, 2021 were presented and passed during the session.
Hyderabad Institute for Technical and Management Sciences Bill 2021 will also be moved in the session which was also passed.
Earlier in the day, the joint session of parliament accepted the motion of tabling the Electoral Amendment Reforms Bill, 2021, defeating the Opposition by 18 votes but soon the process went into a recount on demand of PPP.
Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan moved the motion during the joint session of Parliament on Wednesday. The motion seeking tabling of the Electoral (Amend) Reform Bill, 2021 was adopted by the house with 221 votes in favour and 203 against the move.
Ten members of the opposition remained absent while 6 treasury MPs were missing during the voting. The government defeated the opposition by 18 votes.