ISLAMABAD: ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill with 247 votes, PakistanTribe.com reported.
The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted the 21st Constitutional Amendment and the The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2015 unopposed after 247 Members of National Assembly voted in favour of the laws 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.
21st Constitutional Amendment was not opposed by any member present inside the house.
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.
243 members of National Assembly of Pakistan voted in the favour of third clause.
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Member of National Assembly belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),Jamaat e Islami (JI), Jamiat e Ulma Islam (JUI-F) and Sheikh Rashid not take part in the voting.
Clause one and two of 21 Amendment bill has been passed from National Assembly of Pakistan. 245 members of National Assembly of Pakistan votes in Favour of bill and no one goes againts the bill.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, delivered the opening speech of the session during which he said that, “We have not been in favour of military courts in the past but the Pakistani public’s safety is our priority and it is the governments responsibility to keep the masses safe in this country,” the veteran Pakistan Peoples Party leader added.
“No matter who it is, no one can speak against religion. The country has been a victim of terrorism for a long time. It is a sin for us to even pass laws here which go against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”
The opposition leader said that the Pakistani nation believes in unity and that terrorism must be dealt with.
21 Constitutional 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.
Only 218 members were present during Monday’s session of the National Assembly– 10 legislators short of the required number.
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