Chairman Senate, Speaker NA agree to convene parliamentary session despite lawmakers dying of COVID-19

Despite countrywide surge in COVID-19 cases, Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly has decided to convene the parliamentary session on budget. Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry has strongly opposed the move.

Chairman Senate

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjarani and speaker National Assembly (NA) Asad Qaisar have agreed to ensure enforcement of all protective measures in parliament house in the perspective of coronavirus outbreak.

The two leaders met here Thursday and they exchanged views on the matters related to Senate and NA sessions commencing from today on June 05.

The two have also agreed to ensure early approval of budget for the fiscal year 2020-21.

Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjarani while expressing grave concern over upturn in coronavirus cases in the country has urged all should extend full cooperation in government efforts for the containment of coronavirus epidemic.

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Speaker NA Asad Qaisar said SOPs will be fully implemented during budget sessions and spray is being carried out on day to day basis. People should not violate the precautionary measures towards curbing this contagion.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjarani has issued directives to fully implement the SOPs issued by World Health Organization (WHO) during Senate session.

According to statement issued by Senate Secretariat parliament proceedings will be telecast live by Pakistan Television (PTV) so that media men could be provided alternative means for coverage.

Media men will be requested to take advantage of PTV transmission in connection with parliament proceedings.

Chairman Senate said the situation was very critical and certain tough decisions are being taken. We are not at all in favor of becoming hurdle on the way to access for people and media. Media, parliament, civil society and people are interlinked. As extraordinary situation has ensued in the aftermath of coronavirus due to which we have taken extraordinary decision.

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He hoped media and people will extend full cooperation on this count so that we could provide protection to each other.

He appealed to people to abide by SOPs everywhere and help government curb this menace.

Death of lawmakers in Pakistan

Two Pakistani lawmakers died from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, a day after a provincial minister and a legislator succumbed to COVID-19.

Mian Jamshed Kakakhel, 65, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital here after contracting coronavirus 10 days ago.

In Punjab province, Pakistan Muslim League-(Nawaz) lawmaker from Gujranwala Shaukat Manzoor Cheema died on Wednesday in Lahore.

Cheema, a member of the Punjab Assembly, had been admitted to the Pakistan Kidney And Liver Institute (PKLI) after contracting the virus. He also suffered from heart ailments.

Fawad Chaudhry against Parliament Session

Fawad Chaudhry said that in one week, four members of the assembly, including the provincial minister for coronavirus, had been killed and about 18 members of the assembly were still fighting for their lives.

He said that the results of the direct sessions of the parliament were coming out and several members of the parliament had fall victim to coronavirus after the direct sessions.

Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk

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