Senate: (Senate concludes debate on Finance Bill)

June 16, 2015 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Senate concluded debate on the Finance Bill 2015 during the 9th (last) sitting of its 116th session on Wednesday.

According to a report of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), 16 members (15%) were present at the start and 38 (37%) at the time of adjournment of the sitting.

The debate on Finance Bill started during the 3rd sitting and concluded today. In all, 56 lawmakers expressed their views and gave recommendations for the consideration of the National Assembly.

The Chair did not admit an adjournment motion (AM) regarding the alleged involvement of foreign embassies in telephone tapping. However, it was forwarded to the relevant standing committee for submission of report within two months.

Another AM regarding injudicious/out-of-turn allotment of government accommodation particularly to the employees of the Islamabad High Court, Islamabad, was admitted for two-hour debate in any of the next sittings.

The House took up two calling attention notices (CANs). The first CAN was about Pakistan-Afghanistan refugees getting Indian citizenship while the other was regarding disclosures made by D.G. Rangers Sindh in the Apex Committee meeting relating to the worsening law and order in the metropolis (Karachi).

The Senate made 92 recommendations on the Finance Bill 2015 which will be forwarded to the National Assembly for consideration.