FATA reforms bill suspended in NA

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ISLAMABAD: FATA Reforms Bill was suspended in the National Assembly yesterday leading to an uproar by the opposition. The session heated up after the aggressive speech of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai. Opposition leader Khursheed Shah strongly condemned the government while accusing them of halting the Bill through their allies. Meanwhile, FATA parliament members had contacted Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership over the Reforms Bill. They expressed their wish to meet the party’s co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to inform him about their reservations. The members sought PPP’s assistance in raising the issue in parliament with full force. Sources say that a meeting is being arranged between Zardari and FATA assembly members. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said power pilferage is prevalent across the country but even those, who are paying their bills, are faced with power outages. The Opposition staged a walkout from the House over the remarks made by the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on the PESCO procession. Lawmakers from the PTI and other opposition parties walked out of the National Assembly on Thursday after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif accused PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai of electricity theft. “Thieves are protesting loadshedding,” Asif said targetting Gulalai, who had led a protest against the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) in Peshawar a day earlier.

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