ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly Wednesday rejected a motion for introduction of a bill aimed at declaring drug test of students compulsory because of already existing laws on it.

The bill was sponsored by a PML-N lawmaker Shakila Luqman and was supported by lawmakers belonging to MMAP including Salahuddin and Akbar Chitrali. However, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbassi said there is already a law regarding sample testing of students while Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had a joint venture for creating awareness among students to avoid menace of drugs.  PML-N MNA Ch. Bashir Ahmed Virk said that there would be financial implications as well as psychological impact on students and their parents after passage of this legislative proposal. He suggested to have massive drug tests of all, including parliamentarians and visitors of parliament in case this law is approved for students.

Later, the Deputy Speaker Zahid Durrani put the motion seeking leave for introduction of the bill in the House. A total of six lawmakers voted in favor of the motion while 50 members opposed it and the motion for introduction of the bill was rejected with majority vote. National Assembly passed nine private members’ and two government bills on Wednesday and referred four bills to joint sitting of Parliament.

Sponsored by PPPP lawmakers including Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto and Syed Agha Rafiullah, the House passed the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Bill, 2022. The House also passed the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Bill, 2022 which was sponsored by Syed Agha Rafiullah.  The House also passed the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which was moved by PML-N MNA Mehnaz Akbar Aziz. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abassi moved two bills which were considered as supplementary agenda in the House. These bills were the National Assembly Secretariat Bill, 2022 and the Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Oath and Fees) (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Lower House passes eleven bills, refers four bills to joint sitting

The House also passed six other private members’ bills which were the Islamabad Community Integration Bill, 2020; the Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Bill, 2019; the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2022; the Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2021; the Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The National Assembly referred four bills to the joint sitting of the Parliament for consideration which were the Pakistan Psychological Council Bill, 2021; the Protection of Parents Bill, 2021; the National Information Technology Board Bill, 2022 and the Pak University of Engineering and Emerging Technology University Bill, 2022.

 

 

Minister for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Abdul Qarid Patel thanked the National Assembly for repealing two controversial acts passed by the previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).  Speaking on a point of order in National Assembly, he said the repealing of two black laws including Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Act and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Act were welcome step.Due to the PMDC Act, over 55 percent Sindh seats in medical college remained vacant. While over 18,000 students preferred getting admissions abroad to pursue medical education   Another PIMS Act made Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences as a private entity. Certain favorites were getting Rs 01 million, 2 million and Rs 800,000 salaries with the consent of the government.He said the current government was concentrating to show performance and providing optimum facilities to the masses.

The House also referred four private members’ bills to the relevant committees for further consideration. These bills were the National University for Security Sciences, Islamabad Bill, 2022; the Pak China Gwadar University, Lahore Bill, 2022; the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the Smart Institute of Sciences and Technology Bill, 2022.

Though the chair smoothly passed legislation on the bills but the opposition member suspended the house proceedings by pointing out lack of quorum. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) MNA Maulana Akbar Chitrali pointed out quorum when the chair allowed independent MNA Mohsin Dawar to speak on a point of order.

 

 

 

 

The chair, due to insufficient members in the house, adjourned the proceedings till today (Thursday) morning.

The House also adopted two identical motions under rule-288 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 to dispense with requirement of rule-122 for passage of the legislation without sending the same to the concerned standing committee.

According to the bill, “PIMS was working smoothly and enhancing the services regularly but during the previous regime the status of the institute was changed from an attached department of the Federal Government to an autonomous body”.

“The institute comprises nine components including five hospital and four teaching institutes. They are Islamabad Hospital, Children Hospital, Mother and Children Hospital, Burn Care Center, College Medical Technology, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry and Quaid-e-Azam Postgraduate Medical Center,” it says.

Earlier, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi informed that work on Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway will be started on priority basis.

Responding to a Calling Attention Notice, he said the bidding process has been completed and now the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council’s approval will be sought in the next meeting. He said this project will be completed in 2.5 years after commencement of work. He said unfortunately, the previous government delayed the project for four years.

The House also adopted a resolution, moved by Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, recommending declaration of the old National Assembly building, which now houses the State Bank of Pakistan, as a national museum to preserve the country’s history.