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Senate Passes National University of Medical Sciences Bill

ISLAMABAD: October 9, 2015. (PCP) The Senate passed the National University of Medical Sciences Bill, 2015 during 5th sitting of the ongoing 120th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet.

The Minister for Defence introduced the bill which was initially opposed by the opposition lawmakers, including PPPP, ANP and JUI-F, suggesting some amendments in the bill especially to bring this university under the purview of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.

However, the minister assured the opposition lawmakers that the bill would be passed with amendments through support of treasury lawmakers if it was moved as a private bill. On the assurance of the minister, the House unanimously passed the bill. Nineteen lawmakers– PPPP (7), PML, ANP, PTI, PML-N and PkMAP (two each), BNP-M (one) and an Independent lawmaker –discussed it for 46 minutes.

The House witnessed low attendance as only seven (6%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 35 (34%) at the time of adjournment.

The House had a debate on an adjournment motion (AM) regarding dispatching of incorrect bills to consumers for 38 minutes which was participated by five PPPP lawmakers and one each of ANP, PML and PTI.

The House took up two Calling Attention Notices (CANs). The first CAN was about non-issuance of allotment letters of plots in Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme to the employees of constitutional bodies while the other was regarding failure of PEMRA to ban insulting remarks against political personalities being broadcast on different TV channels