Amid opposition protests, the Senate passed the NAB Amendment and the Protection of Journalists Bill.


ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday approved a number of bills, including the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2021 and the Protection of Journalists Bill, amid opposition protests.

The Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill was introduced by Federal Minister for Information Dr. Shirin Mazari. It was approved with 35 votes in favor and 29 against.

An independent group led by Senator Dilawar Khan also supported the government in passing the bill.

The opposition protested the government’s decision to include the bill as an additional item on today’s agenda, as opposition lawmakers chanted the slogan “rubber stamp parliament unacceptable.”

Mazari said it took the ministry a year to draft the bill.

The NAB Amendment Bill was introduced by Federal Law Minister Dr. Forough Naseem. “This bill is not being passed for one person, but for the whole board,” he said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Ali Muhammad Khan introduced the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Amendment Bill which was also passed by the Senate.

Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani was forced to adjourn the sitting after angry opposition lawmakers surrounded the speaker’s dice and tore up copies of the day’s agenda.

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