May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a filibuster, the provincial treasury passed 12 bills in just 45 minutes during the Punjab Assembly session on Wednesday, clearing the PML-N led government’s list of legislation before the completion of its tenure on May 31. Elections are due in the next 90 days thereafter.
And while doing so the treasury members braved the suffocating heat in the house caused by a lack of internal arrangements to run air-conditioning system during the prolonged power breakdown that hit Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawn reported.
“Fanning themselves with copies of the agenda they also successfully tackled three attempts by the opposition to obstruct the legislation by calling out short quorum. The session started two hours behind its scheduled time of 10am due to the power breakdown.”
The laws that were hurriedly passed included The Drugs (Punjab Amendment) Bill 2018, The Punjab Legal Aid Bill 2018 and the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill 2018 — and was allowed their passage after suspension of rules. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah was in attendance, the paper reports.
Others passed were The Punjab Witness Protection Bill, The Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation (Amendment) Bill 2018, The Punjab University of Technology Rasul Bill, The Punjab Bonded Labor System (Abolition) (Amendment) Bill 2018, The Explosive Substances (Punjab Amendment) Bill , The Registration (Punjab Amendment) Bill, The Registration (Punjab Second Amendment) Bill, The Punjab Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill and The Punjab Agricultural Marketing Regulatory Authority Bill.