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Balochistan Assembly adopts two resolutions

Maverick Report

ISLAMABAD: The Balochistan Assembly has adopted resolutions about the delay in the construction of Mangi and Helak dams and supply of gas to Quetta city on private members day in its fourth sitting of sixth session on Friday.

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Legislators of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) moved the two resolutions. The House discussed the resolution on construction of dams for two hours and 56 minutes.

According to the daily factsheet issued here by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), an adjournment motion on the petroleum and electricity price hike was approved for discussion in the next sitting.

The speaker chaired the entire sitting while deputy speaker did not attend the proceedings. The chief minister was there for three hours and 20 minutes whereas the leader of opposition was not present.

The Balochistan Assembly met for three hours and 45 minutes and the House took a 38-minute prayers break. The sitting started at 1555 hours against the scheduled start time of 1530 hours, witnessing a delay of 25 minutes.

There were a maximum of 36 members at the time of commencement and 28 when the sitting was adjourned.

The parliamentary leaders of the PML-Q (opposition and government), Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), National Party (NP) and PkMAP were present. Three members applied for leave. Three minority members attended the sitting.

There were no questions on the agenda. Two out of four resolutions on the orders of the day were presented and adopted in the House.

A PML-Q legislator presented a resolution over the delay in construction of Mangi and Helak dams necessary to fulfill the water requirement of Quetta city. Fifteen members debated the resolution for almost two hours (one hour and 56 minutes).

The other resolution presented by a PkMAP member was on the supply of gas to Quetta from Zarghoon Gas Field through an unsafe area and contracts being given to non-local contractors while neglecting the local contractors.

Two resolutions on the agenda were not taken up in the House.

A female Jamiat Ulam-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) legislator tabled an adjournment motion about the petroleum and electricity price hike. The House approved the adjournment motion for debate in the next sitting of the session.

Lawmakers spoke on four points of order consuming 31 minutes of the proceedings. No incident of protest/walkout/boycott was observed. Orders of the Day were available to the legislators, observers and others. Information on legislators’ attendance was not available to the observers and the public.

The daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Balochistan Assembly proceedings conducted by the Center for Peace and Development (CPD), a member organization of FAFEN.

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