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Senate passes Panama Papers Inquiries Bill

Senate passes Panama Papers Inquiries Bill

The upper house of Parliament passed Panama papers Inquiries Bill 2016 with majority vote on Thursday.

The bill moved by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and other senators was opposed by 15 senators, while 37 senators supported the bill in the Senate. The House also got approval for all clauses of the bill.

Earlier, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid, Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, Senator Javed Abbasi, Senator Mushahid Ullah and Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq requested the chairman senate to refer this bill to the select committee for further discussion and amendments.

Leader of the Opposition, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan opposed the demand of the government benches and said the bill has come from the committee and now it was the property of the Senate and putting back this bill was unnecessary.

Senator Mohsin Laghari said there was need to have proper discussion on the bill in the Parliamentary committee for better understanding of the public.

Haq said the bill was moved to the Senate with ill intentions and due to lack of faith. He said the bill should be moved to the select committee.

The Senate rejected the certain clause-wise amendments proposed by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq and Senator Nehal Hashmi while passed with majority some amendments of Senator Siraj ul Haq.

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