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NA again defers anti-women practices bill

By: Asim Yasin

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday again deferred an important piece of legislation – anti-women practices (criminal law amendment) bill, 2008 – on technical ground though four of its five clauses had been approved.

The bill aims to eliminate all anti-women practices such as marriage with the Holy Quran, forced marriages to settle disputes and depriving women from inheriting property. As some members complained that they were not provided copies of the amendment presiding chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal deferred further legislation till the next session of the National Assembly.

Ayaz Amir of PML-N raised the technical objection in the middle of the legislation when the House had already passed four clauses of the bill and was taking up the last clause. Two PPP legislators Syed Zafar Ali Shah and Shah Mehmood Qureshi supported him with the result that further deliberation on the bill was stopped.

On Tuesday, mover of the bill, Doniya Aziz, again afresh started the process of the bill and when the house reached clause 5 of the bill, a technical objection raised and put the bill into defer till next session of the National Assembly as the house was prorogued on Tuesday. It is worth mentioning here that the bill, moved by Dr Doniya Aziz, was deferred last Tuesday too on similar ground.

Source: The News


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