The Senate resumed its session at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair.

Several bills were introduced in the House.

These include;  “The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2022”,  “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2022”,  “The Islamabad Capital Territory Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022”,  “The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, “The Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2022”,  “[The Control of Narcotic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2022” and “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment (Amendment) Bill, 2022”.

The House also passed “The International Institute of Science, Arts and Technology Bill, 2022” for the establishment of an institution in Gujranwala with the purpose to disseminate knowledge and technology and to provide education, training and research.

The House on Monday passed three resolutions unanimously, including the one, calling upon the government to explore opportunity for appointing a joint representative of all Muslim States for highlighting the Palestinian dispute at international level.

The first resolution, moved by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, said this House is cognizant of the longstanding Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and atrocities over the innocent Palestinian people during the last seventy-four years in sheer violation of United Nation Security Council Resolutions and international law and norms.

The Senate of Pakistan in strong terms condemned the recent atrocities and violence of Israeli forces over the innocent pilgrims and worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and decades-old blockade of Ghaza by the Israeli forces. The House called upon the Government to utilize all diplomatic and publicity resources for highlighting the Palestinian dispute on all international and regional fora in coordination with all Muslim States and prepare a roadmap for liberation of Palestinian territories.

The second resolution, also moved by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, expressed deep dismay and shock caused by the contemptuous act of burning, tearing and desecrating the Holy Quran by Rasumus Paludan on 14th April this year in Sweden in sheer violation of international law and relevant UN Resolutions.

The House called upon the Government to summon the Ambassador of Sweden and convey in strong terms the sentiments of the people of Pakistan over the provocative act and further demand stern legal action against the perpetrators. It urged the Government to use political and diplomatic channels for discouraging occurrence of such provocative crimes against Muslim sentiments in the garb of freedom of expression in all UN member countries.

The third resolution, moved by Senator Manzoor Ahmed, was about the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar has said the law will take its course if anyone violates it and the security apparatus of the state will act to protect lives and properties of the people.

Responding to an adjournment motion moved by the opposition regarding police action during the recent long march of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, he said the government had provided a way to PTI marchers, in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court. He said unfortunately, the entire nation witnessed that PTI workers resorted to violence, set trees on fire in the federal capital, and assaulted personnel of the law enforcement agencies. He said the people of Pakistan have rejected PTI’s narrative and that was why they did not take to streets on the call of Imran Khan. He said the PTI had claimed to bring two million people to Islamabad, but they could only convince a few thousand people. He said law enforcers cannot forgo their responsibilities if gangs will raid to conquer cities.

The Law Minister, who is also leader of the House in the Senate, reminded the PTI lawmakers of detaining hundreds of the people of the opposition when their party was in power. He said the PTI was ousted from the power through a democratic and constitutional procedure.

He said the government is committed to put the country on a path of development and progress by overcoming all the challenges. He said this country belongs to us and we all should take care of it. He also made it clear that the government is going nowhere and it will complete its constitutional term.

The House has been adjourned to meet again on Thursday at 10: 30 a.m.