The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad this morning with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair.

The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of a former Senator Mir Abdul Rehman Jamali and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family. 

The Chair deferred a resolution moved by Farhatullah Babar to discuss additional perks and privileges being provided to the Ex. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.

Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq while opposing the resolution said additional perks and privileges are being provided former Chief Justice on the order of Islamabad High Court. He said the government has filed an Intra-Court appeal for review of the High Court decision and it is still pending. He said the government wants that the order should be amended or withdrawn by the High Court itself.

Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said the matter is subjudice hence the passage of resolution will not be in accordance with law and rules of the House. He said they will not press for passing of the resolution.

Farhatullah Babar staged a token walkout from the House to protest against the government for not taking appropriate measures to make rules and laws to implement the order of the Islamabad High Court and for not returning the additional perks and privileges by the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry voluntarily.

The Senate has passed a resolution unanimously calling upon the Asian countries to take concrete steps on fast track for the establishment of Asian Parliament Assembly.

The Senate which resumed its session in Islamabad today also Senators paid tribute to the services of outgoing Chairman of the Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari for running the House in an exemplary manner in accordance with rules and procedures and Constitution.

They said the outgoing Chairman set higher parliamentary traditions and played a neutral role and gave exemplary decisions keeping aside any kind of pressure. They said under the leadership of Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, the House during the last three years shown a high standard of debate, high degree of tolerance and mutual consultation.

 They said the committee system has also proved very beneficial. They are of the view that the outgoing Chairman was instrumental in establishing the new Senate research penal. They also lauded the services of Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Balochi and other outgoing Senators.

Those who spoke in this regard include Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq, Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Mian Raza Rabbani, Afrasiab Khattak, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Dr Abdul Qayyum Soomro, Zahid Khan, Mohsin Leghari, Farah Aqil, Farhatullah Babar, Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Shaikh Aftab Ahmad, Haji Muhammad Adeel, Nisar Muhammad, Zafarullah Khan,   Saeedul Hasan Mandokhel, M. Hamza, Nuzhat Sadiq, Saleh Shah, Najama Hameed, Rubina Irfan, Sehar Kamran, Ahmad Hassan, Surriya Amiruddin, Shirala Mallick, Dr Saeeda Iqbal and Maula Bakhsh Chandio.

The House through a unanimous resolution called upon the Asian countries for taking concrete steps and moving on fast track for the establishment of Asian Parliament.

The resolution moved by Mushahid Hussain Syed appreciated the services of outgoing Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari as President of Asian Parliament Assembly.

Later, in his farewell address the Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said it was his endeavor to promote dignity and sovereignty of the House at all costs.

He advised the Senators to continue efforts for strengthening democratic system in the country.

He thanked the Ministers and Senators for their cooperation in running the House smoothly.

He announced an honorarium equal to one month salary for the employees of the Senate in recognition of their support to the House. The House will now meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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