Govt manages to clear crucial FATF bills in joint session

Govt manages to clear crucial FATF bills in joint session
Islamabad: Federal government managed to pass all three FATF related bills on Wednesday from a joint session of parliament, amidst vehement protests from opposition benches.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was present in the joint session as was leader of the opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman of Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Amir Jamat e Islami, Sirajul Haq.

Opposition first protested when the Islamabad Capital Territories (ICT) Waqf Properties bill was passed through a voice vote. Then Speaker Asad Qaiser allowed the bill to be passed after asking members to stand up. The bill was passed with 200 voting in favour and 190 voting against it.

Later, a clause by clause reading was approved by the joint session, with opposition continuously changing slogans during the voting.

Opposition members asked to be allowed to speak however the Speaker ruled that only lawmakers proposing amendments will be allowed to address the session. Subsequently Advisor to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Babar Awan, read out rule 130 which he said specified that only members who want to move amendments were allowed to address the session.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Maleeka Bokhari then introduced clauses in anti money laundering (Second Amendment) Bill which were summarily passes. Opposition walked out by then.

PTI MNA Faheem Khan later tabled the Anti-Terrorism Act (Amendment) Bill which was passed without opposition. The bill was rejected by Senate earlier today.