Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Senate Committee approves Services Acts Amendment Bills

Senate Committee approves Services Acts Amendment Bills
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – After National Assembly (NA), the Senate Standing Committee on Defence also approved Services Acts Amendment Bills on Tuesday. The Senate Chairman sent three bills regarding the tenure of the services chiefs — chief of army staff, chief of air staff and chief of naval staff and the chairman of the joint chief of staff committee. After the approval of these bills from NA, the emergency session of Senate Standing Committee on Defence was summoned and Services Acts Amendment Bills were approved. Earlier on Wednesday, the National Assembly approved Services Acts Amendment Bills with a majority. After the approval of the bills, the session was adjourned till 4pm. Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present in the session. The MNAs belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) staged a walkout. The PPP withdrew its suggestions in the Services Acts Amendment bills. Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak presented the bills. Now the three bills will be presented in the Senate for approval. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and allies to devise a strategy for legislation pertaining to armed forces. On Monday, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence had approved the Services Acts Amendment bills pertaining to the three armed forces. Talking to the media after the meeting, NA Standing Committee on Defence Chairman Amjad Khan Niazi said that they are thankful to all parties for approving the amendment laws. “We listened to the amendments presented by the opposition. The draft is not part of the law. In the current situation, we gave the message that we are one where there is the national interest,” he said. He said that their ideas could be different, but politics could not be played on each thing.