Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NA Adopts 21st Constitutional Amendment Unopposed

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted the 21st Constitutional Amendment unopposed after 247 Members of National Assembly voted in favour of the law aimed to set up constitutionally protected military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects, announced NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

He added that not a single vote was cast against the amendment bill. Members of the National Assembly belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) abstained from voting. The bill will now be presented in the Senate for passage tomorrow and is expected to be approved into law on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The constitutional amendment bill was required to be passed by two-thirds of the total participants in both the 342-seat National Assembly and the 104-seat Senate; however, for amendment in the Army Act, a simple majority was required.

Read more : Draft of amendment bill

The two bills – the Constitution (Twenty-first Amendment) Bill and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) — were expected to have been passed a day earlier but voting was deferred after the government fell short of the required two-thirds majority – 228 members – for the passage of the amendments. Diesel still making some troubles. He wants the clause about Madressas and religious orgs to be omitted. Defeats the whole purpose of the amendment really.

Saleem Safi smoking some heavy sh!t as well these days. Comparing apples and oranges. Now let's get this passed by the Senate tomorrow and then our invisible President signs it and we go after every terrorist we see. The only thing the government has quickly and sensibly done in this tenure! 

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