Govt backed bills pass in Parliament : allowing use of EVMs and voting rights to overseas Pakistanis

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Govt backed bills pass in Parliament

The PTI- led government- backed bills on Wednesday easily boated through the Parliament’s common sitting amid strong demurrers by the Opposition lawgivers.

The government successfully passed emendations to the Choices Act, 2017, allowing the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and giving overseas Pakistanis the right to bounce in general choices.
Voting on the emendations was before remitted — after strong kick by the Opposition — at Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan’s request, but the government, after a while put it to bounce again.

Following the end of the backed bills, the Opposition offered a strike, saying that National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser wasn’t paying heed to their reservations regarding the government enjoying smaller than the needed figures to get the bills passed.
According to the orders of the day participated on the National Assembly website, 60 particulars are on the docket. The session is presently underway with the Opposition members back in the House ahead of a speech by the high minister.

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Some backed bills passed:

  • The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021
  • The International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2021
  • The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021
  • The Elections (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021
  • The Anti Rape (lnvestigation and Trial) Bill, 2021
  • The Hyderabad Institute for Technical and Management Sciences Bill, 2021

Bill to give Indian spy right to review, reconsideration passed

The International Court of Justice (Review andRe-consideration) Bill, 2021, that allows the right to review and retrospection to Indian asset Kulbhushan Jadhav was also passed in the Parliament.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says that the government of India initiated proceedings against Pakistan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), concerning contended violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 24 April 1963” in the matter of detention and trial of an Indian public, Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”, who had been doomed to death by the Military Court in Pakistan in April 2017.
The ICJ gave its judgment on July 17, 2019, wherein it observed that “ Pakistan is under an obligation to give by means of its own picking effective review and retrospection of the conviction and judgment of Jadhav, so as to insure that full weight is given to the effect of the violation of the rights set forth in Composition 36 of the Vienna Convention, taking account of paragraphs 139, 145 and 146 of this judgment”.

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Ruckus; speaker hands over chair to Senate chairman

The Opposition resorted to a strong kick after the government bulldozed the bills, with the Opposition and storeroom benches coming face-to- face and a conflict breaking out.

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman slammed the speaker for bulldozing the legislation, saying moment is a” black day”in administrative history.
Meanwhile, the speaker decided he’d no longer be chairing the proceedings after the passage of important legislation. However, In his vantage, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani is now leading the process.

EVMs are ‘evil and vicious machines’

Before in the session, as PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif addressed the house, he called electronic voting machines” evil and vicious machines”.

The government wants to bulldoze bills, which is” illegal”and against administrative traditions, the Opposition leader said.
He said that a common meeting was blazoned at 10 pm, and rued that the meeting was heldup.

Shahbaz appertained to a letter transferred to him by the NA speaker.
“I’ve entered your letter. We’ve precisely considered your letter and given you the full answer. I recommend the Opposition members for not coming under government pressure,”he told the speaker.

Shahbaz also appertained to a letter written by him expressing his grievances over the hurry in passing the bills without a agreement.
Shahbaz said that the government wasn’t being sincere in creating agreement on electoral reforms.

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Govt wants to wipe out darkness of the past: FM 

In his response to Shahbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that EVMs weren’t actually evil and vicious. Therefore, that they were being introduced to” bury evil and vicious designs”.

He called the day” major”, saying that Parliament will pass laws to make the electoral process” clean and transparent”.
“Shahbaz said that the government wanted to introduce a black law. Absolutely not, the government wants to wipe down the darkness of the history,”FM Qureshi said.

The minister claimed that the government didn’t want to bulldoze legislation. It said that they had consulted Opposition members so that their reservations could be incorporated into the bills.”You did not pay attention.”

‘Respect your own chair, position’: Bilawal tells speaker

Addressing Speaker Qaiser, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto started his speech by requesting him to” admire his own president”,” admire his own position”and” admire the House”.

However, He reminded the speaker that he’s the custodian of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He had agreed in writing with the Opposition that whatever legislation is brought in, will be done with agreement.
However, He said that a united Opposition was standing before the House moment.

Still, the coming election would have been transparent,”Bilawal said,”If we were all legislating together.
Speaking about the EVM, he said indeed the Election Commission of Pakistan has rejected it, adding that ECP had raised 37 serious expostulations over the machine.

He said the government is making the coming election controversial. Gave an claim that they won’t accept the coming election if the bill for EVMs is passed.
Bilawal said they will stand by the ECP.”As long as the ECP has reservations, we’ve reservations,”Bilawal said.

Therefore, Bilawal concluded his speech with a reiteration of his request to the speaker to”please, admire your president and position”.

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