In addition to the bill on the use of electronic voting machines, the joint sitting of parliament also passed the SBP sovereignty bill, including the right to vote for overseas Pakistanis, and the bill for immediate punishment for rape of women and children.
The Election Amendment Bill 2021 introduced by the government in the joint sitting of the Parliament of Pakistan has been passed despite the opposition.
Before the vote on the Election Amendment Bill 2021, the opposition had declared the bill controversial and indicated that they would go to court against it.
However, after the first vote on the bill in a joint sitting of parliament on Wednesday, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced that there were 221 votes in favor of the motion and 203 against it.
According to correspondent Mona Khan, the bill was introduced in the joint sitting of Parliament by Babar Awan, Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The joint sitting of the parliament also reviewed the electronic voting machine, the right of other Pakistanis to vote, the SBP sovereignty bill, the impeachment of women and children in the rape case, and the International Court of Justice in the Clubbhushan Yadav case. The Consideration Bill 2021 has been passed by a majority vote.
Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, addressing a joint sitting of parliament, announced that he intended to go to court against the government’s legislation. In his speech, Bilawal Bhutto said that if the government would legislate by force, he would go to court against it. He questioned why the government was in such a hurry to get these laws passed.
In his speech, Bilawal Bhutto said that he stood by the Election Commission. Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament, PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto said, “Speaker, keep the dignity of your seat.”
He further said that the government was deceiving the people and the opposition. Addressing the Speaker, he said, “Mr. Speaker, you should not be involved in this crime. We respect your position. “
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser is presiding over the meeting. In his address to the meeting before Bilawal Bhutto, the Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif addressed the Speaker and said that if this ‘black law’ was passed today, it would be his responsibility. He further said that the government wants to prolong its rule through electronic voting machines.
Shahbaz Sharif said that these bills were being presented in an unconstitutional and illegal manner.
After Shahbaz Sharif’s address, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, addressing the meeting on behalf of the government, said, “There has been no election in the country since 1970 which has not been questioned. When will we learn from history? It’s time to dump her and move on. “
The government does not want to impose any black law but we want to wash away the soot of the past,” he said. We have repeatedly asked the opposition to review the voting machines.
According to the Foreign Minister, this Parliament intends to carry out transparent electoral reforms. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that in this regard the government has quenched the thirst of its members and our allies are with us.
The Foreign Minister further added that it was not true that “the government has convened this meeting in a hurry and if this had been done we would not have had a numerical majority. Regarding the meeting, the government says it is satisfied that it has the support of the required number of members to amend the electoral reforms, while the opposition is also talking of tough competition.
Earlier, Dr. Babar Awan, Advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Parliamentary Affairs, said that the government’s allies were united and with them. The ruling coalition will vote for us in the joint sitting of the parliament while the door of dialogue with the opposition will remain open even today.
Talking to the media, Dr. Babar Awan said that the law is for the public interest and not for the benefit of anyone, the opposition should show wisdom.
According to Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Babar Awan, in a joint sitting of Parliament, Electoral Reforms Bill, I-Voting, Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Bill, FATF Bill, Anti-Rape Bill, Rent Law in Islamabad. Two bills related to family law will also be introduced.
Babar Awan further said that in compliance with the decision of the International Court of Justice, he would also introduce a bill regarding Kulbhushan Yadav. According to the agenda, the Election Act Amendment Bills, EVMs, and Bills related to Internet voting of overseas Pakistanis are also on the agenda in the joint sitting of Parliament.
Also on the agenda is an amendment to the Election Act Amendment Bill to give the power of voter lists to NADRA. According to the agenda, anti-sexual abuse investigation and the trial bill are also on the agenda. The bill deals with the formation of special investigation teams and courts in rape cases
Under the bill, the Criminal Law Amendment Bill on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse against Women and Children and the Correction of Corporal Punishment of Children will be introduced. While the Sindh government’s reference against the decision of the Council of Common Interests on census concerns is also part of the agenda.
On the other hand, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), said that “smaller parties are being pressured to attend a joint sitting of parliament.” Laws have no place
The President, Dr. Arif Alvi, had convened a joint sitting of the Majlis-e-Shura or Parliament on Wednesday at 12 noon in the Parliament House. According to an official statement, the President issued a notification convening a joint sitting of Parliament under Article 54 (1) of the Constitution.
It may be recalled that the government has postponed the joint meeting last week due to the anger of the coalition parties.
What are addiction and subtraction?
The government is expected to enter the fray with 228 members, while the united opposition claims 212 members.
In the National, Assembly PTI has the help of 180 individuals including PML-Q, MQM BAP, and Sheik Rashid. The resistance has 161 individuals in the National Assembly including PML-N Pakistan Peoples Party, and MMA. The resistance alliance has 51 individuals in the Senate while the decision alliance has 48 individuals.
PPP MPA Syed Naveed Qamar is likely to be absent due to serious illness while PML-N’s Shaista Pervez Malik is also unlikely to attend due to the demise of her husband. Independent member Ali Wazir is also likely to be absent