The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2022 and the National Responsibility (Amendment) Act, 2022 were passed jointly session of in parliament on Thursday.
government convened a joint meeting to consider two bills that were passed by both houses of in parliament but eventually sent back President Dr. Arif Alvi for revision.
Bills will now be presented to the president once again for his consent. If the President is not give its approval within 10 days will be considered received.
At today’s joint meeting, Minister of Justice Azam Nazir Tarar presented both bills and read them out. out point by point for OK. When submitting invoices, minister supposedly the president returned them in to satisfy a whim of political party he was affiliated with.
He emphasized that there was no in The constitution that binds parliament consider amendments proposed by the president. However, one of amendments proposed by the president – where the chairman of the NAB could declare any place as sub-jail – was on in bill to amend the NAB regulation.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said the bills were passed after careful deliberation. in both houses of parliament.
During the session, Senator Jamaat-e-Islami Mushtaq Ahmed Khan proposed an amendment on reserved seats for overseas Pakistanis in National Assembly and Senate.
He also proposed that the seat be declared vacant if the MP did not take the oath within 120 days. of his election. However, both amendments were rejected.
Later, NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf announced a break in the meeting until July 20.
Both bills were passed by the National Assembly and the Senate. last month and sent to President Alvi, since his consent was required for them to become law.
However, the president returned the notes, stating that they violated Article 46. of constitution, according to which prime minister “should inform the President on all questions of internal and external policy as well as on all legislative proposals of the federal government intends to appear before Majlis-i-Shura (parliament)”.
According to the amendment to article 94 of Electoral law of 2017, Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) may conduct pilot projects for vote overseas Pakistanis in by-elections to test technical efficiency, secrecy, security and financial feasibility of such a vote and share in results with in government, which is within 15 days from the start of a session of a house after receiving of the report lay equally before both chambers of parliament.
According to the amendment to article 103 of Electoral Law, ECP may conduct pilot projects on the use of electronic voting. machines and biometric verification system in by-elections.
Meanwhile, the NAB (Second Amendment) Bill 2021 states that the NAB Deputy Chairman appointed by the federal government will become Acting Chairman of in bureau after finishing of term of office of chairman.
The bill has also reduced four-year term of NAB chairman and bureau prosecutor general up to three years. After approval of law, the NAB will not be able to act on federal, provincial or local tax matters. Furthermore, regulatory functioning bodies in the country has also was placed out of NAB domain.
it says that “all pending requests, investigations, lawsuits or proceedings under this ruling relating to persons or transactions … shall be referred to concerned authorities, departments and courts in accordance with relevant laws.”
It has also set three-year term for judges of in accountability courts. So be it also obliges the courts to decide the case within one year. Under the proposed law, made mandatory for NAB ensure availability of proof against the accused before his or her arrest.
According to one of in key amendments, the act “is deemed adopted effect on and from the start of National Accountability Ordinance 1999”.
According to the amendment to article 94 of Electoral law of 2017, EKP can conduct pilot projects for vote overseas Pakistanis in by-elections to test technical efficiency, secrecy, security and financial feasibility of such a vote and share in results with in government, which is within 15 days from the start of a session of a house after receiving of the report lay equally before both chambers of parliament.
PTI deputies staged a protest
Previously, female parliamentarians, members of the PTI, staged a protest outside Parliament building against inflation and transition of bills, raising slogans against in government.
When the guards prevented the deputies from entering the parliament building, they tried to climb over the entrance gate. in attempt to enter building. Protesters led by PTI’s Alia Hamza Malik, Kanwal Shawzab and Malika Bukhari were also with sign boards with slogans against in government.
The demonstrators were later dispersed after a security check. personnel opened the gate.