NA session cut short after parliamentarians express concern over coronavirus
Lawmakers call for cohesive national policy to fight coronavirus
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday cut its session short by a week and prorogued proceedings due to concerns raised by treasury and opposition members over coronavirus.
When the session had begun on March 9, the House Business Advisory Committee had decided that the assembly was to remain in session till March 20.
The session was abruptly prorogued after Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that many members from both sides of the aisle had asked for the session to be cut short.
However, the minister added that there was no need for panic and the prorogation "is a precautionary measure".
He added that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also been consulted on the matter. Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri then read out the order for the prorogation of the session.
The assembly had been discussing the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan Friday, with opposition members blaming federal and provincial governments for not taking enough steps to contain the virus.
Beginning his speech, PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the issue of coronavirus is of national importance and not about political point scoring.
“This is an issue which may envelop the whole country and yet no cohesive national policy has not been developed up till now," he claimed.
"Sindh has dome some work, Balochistan has taken some measures as well but nothing else is being done in the entire country.