National Assembly passes NAB ordinance and journalists protection bills.

ISLAMABAD -- The National Assembly on Monday passed seven bills, including one related to three recent amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO-1999) that gave extension in service to the incumbent NAB chairman and its prosecutor general.

Among these bills was one related to protection of journalists. The recently promulgated NAO (1st, 2nd and 3rd amendments) ordinances, which were also presented before the house in the shape of a bill, were passed amid rejection by the opposition.

The other five bills related to protection against harassment of women at workplaces, National Commission on the Rights of Child, juvenile justice system and amendments to criminal laws.

The opposition pointed out quorum twice due to thin attendance of treasury benches during the proceedings.

The first one was pointed out by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) member Sheikh Fayyaz in the beginning of the session and the other by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Agha Rafiullah.

However, both attempts of the opposition to wrap up the session were foiled by the treasury benchers, with National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri setting a rare example by giving enough time to the government members to complete the quorum.

The deputy speaker gave more than an hour to the treasury members to complete the quorum, which required the presence of at least 86 members.

After pointing out the quorum, the opposition members left the house, but...

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