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Joint session of Parliament underway to vote on FATF-related bills

A joint session of parliament is currently under way to vote on crucial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) related legislation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is also attending the joint session which is being chaired by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

As soon as the session began, Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan tabled the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Waqf Properties Bill which was initially passed through a voice vote.

However, the NA speaker asked for a vote count with members being asked to stand up from their seats after the opposition shouted in protest. The bill was passed with 200 members voting in favour of the bill and 190 voting against it.

Earlier today, the Senate had rejected the Anti-Terrorism Act (amendment) Bill, 2020, a day after it was passed by the National Assembly, making it the third FATF-related legislation to have been blocked by the opposition-dominated upper house.

Last month, the 104-member Senate had rejected the Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill and the Islamabad Capital Territory Waqf Properties Bill, both of which are also FATF-related and had been passed by the National Assembly, objecting to some of the provisions and linking its cooperation to retraction of remarks made by Leader of the House Dr Shahzad Waseem about certain leaders.

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